How To Plant And Grow Tulips

Summers out, bulbs are in, here comes Tulip mania 2021!

Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’

It is never too early to start garden planning for next year! Here at Seed Pantry, we are always planning ahead to make sure Grow Club boxes are filled with the most amazing goodies. One thing we are so excited for are Tulip bulbs, ready to plant in Autumn! Each year we carefully curate an amazing range of gorgeous tulips for you to choose from for your own incredible displays!

Here’s a few tips to help you make the make the most of your planting for stunning Spring displays! 💐

1. Before planting, make sure to choose a well-lit area of the garden where the flowers are likely to get plenty of sunlight. If you are planting in containers or pots, Tulips favour well-drained, semi-fertile soil. This will help aid in their growth.

2. When planting tulips it’s important you plant them at the right depth. Place them pointy end up into a hole in the ground roughly around 3 times the depth of each bulb, or generally around 10cm deep. This will give the bulbs enough cover to protect them from frosts in the winter but also enough depth for roots to establish and form a strong base so they do not topple over as they grow.

3. Space each bulb around 10cm apart from each other to give them each enough space to develop. If you are planting in containers, you can plant them slightly closer together, just make sure not to overfill it with bulbs or none of them will have the resources they need to grow.

4. Simply cover the bulbs over with soil, give them a good drink of water and wait for the magic to happen! Tulips need very little care or maintenance but if you want to help them along when they start form flowers, add a weekly feed of balanced liquid fertiliser to the pot.

Tulip Garden Design 🌷

Tulipa ‘Rem’s Favourite’ and ‘White Elegance’

Tulips are so special that the varieties are separated in to 15 groups, dependent on their characteristics; flowering times, shapes, sizes and colours. Shop our ready-to-plant Tulip collections at the Seed Pantry Tulip shop, or use our quick Tulip groupings guide to help you understand the different Tulip groups, so that you can get creative with your own garden design plans!

Single-coloured tulips can be striking with individual splashes amongst green foliage, you could match light pastels or hot colours. Contrasting colours can work beautifully too e.g. purple and yellows. Multiple mixed colours can be added together if you wanted to create a homely cottage garden theme too.

Sometimes though it can be hard planting and designing spring flower bulb displays in the garden. Where do you plant this and when!? Well, a bulb lasagne is a sure-fire way to create a stunning spring flower display in your own garden spaces, big or small. Check out our video below to create your own! You can read all about them here too!

Neil’s How to make a Bulb Lasagne video

Seed Pantry Team 🌼

Tulip Groups Explained

Botanical terms boggle your mind? Here’s an easy guide to help you understand Tulip groupings…

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the Tulip season is fleeting! There are actually fifteen different groups of Tulips with different flowering times and shapes. By bringing together early, mid-season and late-flowering Tulips, mixing flower forms and colours you can enjoy the burst of colour for twice as long… and we’ve made it a little easier with a Seed Pantry bite-size guide.

GroupFlowering PeriodHeightFeatures Seed Pantry loves…
GreigiiEarly March-April20-30cm/8-12inDistinctive marbled or striped leaves, which spread along the ground.
FosterianaMarch-April25-40cm/10-16inBroad green/grey leaves, sometimes mottled or striped. Large, slender flowers.
Kaufmanniana March-April10-25cm/4-10inAlso known as ‘waterlily Tulips’ as their flowers open flat. Flowers can be bi-coloured with mottled or striped foliage.
SpeciesVaried20-35cm/8-14inPlants tend to be low-growing and small-flowered. Don’t be fooled by their delicate appearance, they are normally much hardier, very beautiful and long-lived than modern hybrids!
RembrandtMarch-MayUp to 40cm/16inA strange example of beauty, renowned for their ‘broken’ flower colours, the striped markings and intricate patterns are actually caused by being infected with the non-spreading ‘Tulip breaking virus’.
Single EarlyLate March-Early AprilUp to 40cm/16inLarge, cup-shaped singular flowers. Their short stems make them ideal for pots.
Double EarlyEarly-Mid AprilUp to 30cm/12inDouble-flowered with peony-like blooms. Brilliant as cut flowers due to their long-lasting properties.
TriumphLate April-Early May40-50cm/16-20inOriginating from hybrids of the Single Early and Single Late cultivars, plants vary from having compact, rounded flowers to having a more conical shape.
DarwinLate April-May45-60cm/18-24inVery large, goblet-like flowers on tall stems, which makes them better suited to borders than pots.
Single LateLate April-May45-75cm/18-30inSingle-flowered with relatively small, oval blooms on long, stiff stems.
ParrotMay40-60cm/16-24inSingle-flowered with unusual curled, twisted and otherwise distorted petals that create amazing shapes. Often bi-coloured.
Lily-floweredMay45-75cm/18-30inSingle-flowers with pointed tips to the petals that flare outwards, not surprisingly… like a Lily!
Double LateLate May45-60cm/18-30inShowy large double flowers that are more rounded than the early double group.
ViridifloraMay30-50cm/12-20inDistinguishable by their colour, the flowers in this group are almost entirely green when they first open, later changing to a second base colour.
FringedVariable40-60cm/16-24inOne of the newer cultivated Tulip types. Petals are edged with delicate ruffles – a very popular group!
Tulip Groupings by Seed Pantry

Whether you plant them in pots or in the ground, Tulips are a spring garden’s perfect companion! We love the striking contrast of orange and purple with Tulipa ‘Apricot Beauty’ Tulipa ‘Queen Of Night‘ and Tulipa ‘Rem’s Favourite’. Choose your own Spring border combinations from the Grow Club Tulip selection, get those green fingers at the ready and check out our handy Tulip planting guide for Autumn planting season!

Click here to see our stunning range of Tulips in the Seed Pantry Grow Club during October and November!

If you’re already a seasoned Grow Clubber, we’d love to see your planting combinations! – please share your pictures with us on Instagram and Facebook, or pop us an email at support@seedpantry.co.uk!

Seed Pantry Team 🌼

How To Plant And Grow Alliums

This Autumn in the Grow Club, we have gone all-in on fabulous ornamental onions, and have an amazing range of new and classic bulbs to choose from!

Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ and ‘Ambassador’

Alliums are stunning unique flowers that no other quite compares too. Their large pompoms make them sensational additions to any garden adding structure and form. Pair that with the fact they come in gorgeous decadent blues, purples and stylish whites with star shaped flowers, they are a favourite of choice for all our Grow Club members. Not to mention they’re a favourite with our lovely honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies too!

Here’s a quick planting and care guide for your Alliums! 💐

1. Before planting, make sure to choose a well-lit area of the garden where the plants are likely to get plenty of sunlight. Also make sure you know how tall the alliums will grow, as the difference in size between one variety to another can be drastic. Best planted in well-drained soil, as they do not like heavy, clay or damp soil.

2. Planting depth is important for alliums as their tall stems need support to stand upright when fully grown. Check the required depth of your bulbs with the Seed Pantry guides, before planting, but in general, they need to be planted around 3 times the height of the bulb.

3. Spacing alliums correctly is equally important as the larger types require far more space in order to grow well. Plant smaller growing alliums 7-10cm apart, while the taller ones need at least 20cm between each bulb. If you are growing in pots make sure that they are deep enough to give plants the space needed so that they get enough water – often 40cm deep or more is great for containers.

4. Place your bulbs in the space pointy end up and simply cover the bulb with soil, give them a good drink of water and wait for the magic to happen! Alliums are so easy to grow, they make a very stylish display and the bees love them too!

Alliums in Garden Design

White Alliums used as a single colour pallet look beautiful.

There aren’t many plants that can be considered dainty AND bold, however smaller Allium flowers certainly fit the bill. These flowers will stand out wherever you plant them, their tall pompom like heads makes them immediately eye-catching in any garden display and are perfect for planting amongst flowers and green perennial foliage. They come in such a variety of colours, heights and sizes and once those summer blooms have faded their impressive structural seed heads will continue to spark interest!

Join the Grow Club, add some Alliums to your Grow Club box this month or treat your garden to a few ornamental Onions at the Seed Pantry Allium shop!

Seed Pantry Team 🌼