Growing guide

How to grow tulips

Planted as bulbs, tulips provide spring flowers in dazzling colours and flower shapes. Grow them in borders, rock gardens and containers before summer flowers appear. Specialist tulips (those closely related to wild species) often multiply in gardens.

Quick facts

  • Cup-shaped flowers with attractive centres
  • Easy to grow in borders and pots
  • Bulbs are planted in autumn  
  • Grow in full sun, although some tolerate light-shade
  • Nutrient-rich, free-draining soil is best 
  • Bulbs replaced annually for best displays
  • Specialist tulips are likely to reflower and bulbs often multiply 

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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