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Q.Tulips in Pots

Anonymous added on September 22, 2015 | Answered

I want to plant the tulips that I just bought. They are red and purple tulips. My question is, can I plant them in a pot? If so, can I plant them in a cement pot? It is about 8 inches in diameter but doesn’t have any holes in the bottom for drainage. I’ve heard of using rocks in the bottom, but does that actually work in place of drainage holes? I’m sorry. I just bought my first house and am trying to get into gardening, but I don’t really know what I am doing. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Answered on September 23, 2015

While tulips can grow fine in containers, you would need to place another container inside this one with drainage holes or choose another location altogether. Even with rocks or gravel in the bottom, tulips bulbs are prone to rotting if they remain too wet and under these conditions moisture could certainly become an issue. Adding another well-draining pot inside this would allow the soil to drain out any excess water and prevent the possibility of rot. Additionally, this could be easily pulled out for winter storage of the bulbs.

For more info on tulip growing and care, these articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/tulips/tulips-care-and-tulip-planting-tips.htm

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