Tulip bulbs

This question was asked by
V. Lupton

Many of the tulip bulbs are currently out of stock, will these varieties be available in the summer for autumn delivery?
Many thanks
Val x

Yes they sure will be Val – please keep checking back on our spring bulbs page. We hope to have tulips and all other spring flowering bulbs ready to order in the next month.


The Hart Family

Tulip bulbs

This question was asked by
Suzanna ogden

Hi, what time of year do you normally have tulip bulbs for sale please?
Stay safe

Our tulip bulbs will be available to purchase in the Summer. By July, ready for planting them in the Autumn.

The Hart Family

Growing Spring flowers indoors

This question was asked by
C. Towell

Mini Tulip Giuseppe Verdi, would these bulbs be suitable for growing indoors in a large bowl? If not, could you recommend some spring bulbs that are. Many thanks

You can plant the Guiseppe Verdi tulips outside in a pot/container and then bring them inside once they are flowering.

The other bulbs we would recommend for indoor flowering and this would be in time for Christmas would be Hyacinths and Amaryllis (Amaryllis bulbs are due online soon).
Hyacinth Delft Blue (Pack of 6) (SKU17938)
Hyacinth Pink Pearl (Pack of 6) (SKU179381)
Hyacinth White Pearl (Pack of 6) (SKU1793811)

Tulip bulb shortage?

This question was asked by
L. Tilling

Is there a shortage of tulip bulbs this year? Everywhere I have tried to buy any says they are out of stock, literally every garden centre & nursery! Also online sites too. What has happened?
Kind regards

Hi there Linda
As you’ve experienced, you can’t really purchase tulip bulbs this time of year as they require planting in the Autumn (ideally after the first frost to kill off any virus that may be found in the ground). They will then flower in the Spring. Our tulips will be available to order in the Summer and we will start to dispatch them at the end of September. Hope this helps.

Check out our Fruit Salad Tulip Collection – a great pop of colour for your Spring Garden!
Fruit Salad Tulip Collection (Pack of 60 bulbs) (SKU177143)
Loraine Hart

Tulip selection

This question was asked by
Johnny knox

I have a project coming up and the client would like tulips but I am wary of using them as in the past I have planted some that have only lasted the first year. Is there any that are reliable year on year for flowering.
Many thanks

Hi there,
Tulips can be quite susceptible to viruses in the summer and therefore require lifting after flowering (late spring/early summer when they’ve completely died back) and storing until the first frosts in the Autumn. The frost will kill off an virus in the soil.

We would suggest planting the viridiflora varieties as these are less susceptible to viruses.

China Town (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (harts1116)
Spring Green (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (harts1079)

Loraine Hart

Tulips and flowering times.

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Can you recommend a White or Yellow Tulip that will flower at the same time as Queen of the Night(the Black Tulips I already have). I wondered about Angels Wish? Thanks

Hi there,
Yes Angel’s Wish is a good choice to flower at the same time as Queen of Night Tulips.

Angels Wish (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (SKU17633)
Queen of Night (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (harts1118)
kind regards
Loraine Hart

Start of Autumn…


Autumn and what to plant

The temperature is dropping, days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing colour – all signs that summer is drawing to a close. But when does autumn actually start? Well it’s the 1st September if you go by the meteorological calendar or 23rd September based on the Astronimical calendar. If, like us, you’re wondering what the difference is, the meteorological calendar is more simplified and splits up the four seasons into three month blocks and the Astronomers base the date of the seasons upon autumnal equinox, when night and day are roughly equal length. So either way, Autumn is upon us! And its time to start thinking about your Spring garden as our glorious spring flowers like to be planted throughout the Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov).

Here’s a little break down of what you can plant this Autumn to have some colour in your garden month by month:

January-February: CrocusSnowdrops, 

February-March: Narcissus,  Leucojum Aestivum

March-April: Tulips,  Cyclamen,  Puschkinia, Anemone Blanda, Chinodoxa,
Erythronium Pagoda

April- May: FritillariaHyacinthoides Non-Scripta ‘Blue Bells’, Alliums

May +: CamassiaEremurus

Martagon Lilies

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We now have our stunning Martagons available to order as well. With a few new varieties to choose from. Our Martagons will also be dispatched in the Autumn for planting throughout the months of Sept, Oct and Nov. Martagons are ideal for woodland type gardens. These special Lilies grow especially well in dappled shade in Humus-rich, Alkaline soil. They naturalize really well and are long lived and hardy.

Happy Gardening!
Harts Nursery 🙂

How to plant Tulips

How to plant and grow Tulips
Tulips are a stunning and popular choice of flower for a spring garden. They add plenty of character to your pots on your patio and borders or features in your garden. Tulips are best planted during the months of October/November so the cold temperatures can kill off any viruses found in the soil which may infect the bulbs.
Tulips can vary in height and colour so always plan ahead and know whether you need shorter varieties for your rockery or taller ones to add a bit of dimension against other flowers. Before you purchase your Tulip bulbs, you also need to consider whether you have a colour scheme in your garden. Some gardeners like to have all white flowers or you may like to be more dramatic and choose some of the deeper shades of colours. Some Tulips like ‘Queen of Night’ are unbelievably dark in colour, they are almost black! You may like to mix your colours, if so and you want a full display of tulips then make sure to choose the same group of Tulip: Single Early, Double Early and Triumph are great for containers as they mix well with other Spring flowers and will not look too tall for their pot. However, Parrot and Viridiflora types may also work well. If you are planning to group together different varieties, be sure to plan that they flower at the same time as they won’t have the same affect if they flower 6 weeks after the other.


Tulips planted in crates for a rustic feature 

So, once you have chosen the height and colour, you need to work out how many bulbs you may need. If planting in pots you may want to layer them like what the Dutch call a ‘Bulb Lasagne’. This will give a dense display of Tulips as you layer them on top of each other. We would recommend planting bulbs about 2-3cm apart (1-1.5″) with the tallest varieties planted deepest (about 30cm deep), covered with 2″ of potting compost and then plant the smallest varieties on top as the top layer. The lower bulbs will shoot up bending around anything they may come across in their path. We would suggest using an 18″ pot and fill in it with 18 -2o bulbs. So now work out how many you may fit into your pot based on this.
When planting, make sure you place the tulip bulbs pointy end up in a location with well-drained soil. Tulips will not thrive in water-logged areas. Tulips like to receive full sun for most of the day. However, some varieties can tolerate shady areas too. Check with the individual variety. If planting in the garden, plant the bulbs with their pointed tops 12cm below the soil surface. Allow 4 to 5 bulbs per square foot.
After planting, water the Tulips well, gently soaking the soil to settle it around the bulbs. Water as needed during active growth periods. After flowering has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don’t cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulbs for the future. By mid summer the leaves may yellow and die back. Foliage may be removed at this point.

Reserve your spring bulbs now!

Need to update your Spring garden?

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Carnival De Nice Tulips          Pack of 20 Bulbs – £7.50

Now’s the time to get ahead of the game and order your favourite spring flowering bulbs. We have a large variety of Tulips, Alliums, Eremurus, Fritillaria and Daffodils as well as the ever popular Madonna Lily (Lilium Candidum) plus many more bulbs that will transform anyone’s garden. Please check out our website and reserve your bulbs now. We will then send them to you in the Autumn (Sept 2016) ready for you to plant straight away.
Order at www.hartsnursery.co.uk
Lillium candidum

Madonna Lily                                        Pack of 3 Bulbs – £10