Pink-edged tulip planted in a cream glazed pot at the allotment, in flower 31 March 2019.

Bulbs should be planted in late autumn – November or even December is recommended, when the soil is cold and pests are less active.

Plant in sun or light shade.

Soil should be moist and well-drained.

Plant bulbs 8 inches deep (20 cm) regardless of size.  Shallow planting leads to blindness (eg growth with no flowers).

Leave a space of 2 to 3 bulbs between bulbs.  No fertiliser is necessary.

After flowering plants should be deadheaded to encourage energy to go back into the bulb.

Leaves should be left to die naturally (usually in 3-4 weeks).  Remove any diseased leaves.