Plant Of The Month – September

YouGarden’s plant or rather bulb of the month for September is Tulip ‘Ice Cream’.

An extraordinary novelty Tulip with the most incredibly special and unique flowers. It is certainly easy to see how this unusual tulip got the name Ice Cream.

The soft white inner bloom rises above the outer strawberry pink petals, to look just like ice cream in a cone. The petals are wonderfully ruffled and the flowers are so large that they have to be seen to be believed. The combination of white sitting on the pink and green cups is simply extraordinary!

These sensational tulips will create an excellent display in your spring borders, containers on patios, really making your garden come to life! They are also excellent cut flowers and make stunning indoor displays.

Tulip ‘Ice Cream’ is supplied as a pack of 5 bulbs, size 11+, ready to plant in autumn, growing to a height of 40cm.

Why not try mixing them up in your spring displays with some of our other incredible and unique tulips, like Tulip ‘Estella Rijnveld’ & Tulip ‘Gold Dust’!

Top Tips for Tulips

Which way up? Usually, pointy end up, but if you are not sure, plant it on its side and it will right itself.

Planting & Care Guide

Planting Advice for your Tulip Ice Cream Bulbs
  • Plant bulbs at twice the depth of the height of the bulb and four times their width apart. e.g. 5cm tall bulbs need to be planted 10cm below the surface of the ground and 20cm apart.
  • Please check the bag for any additional planting instructions.
  • They are fine to plant even if a little green growth is showing, they’ll just need a good watering when you plant them, and then only when the soil is dry.
  • Leave them in the ground once they die back for flowers again next year.
  • While all the energy that a bulb needs to grow is stored in the bulb itself, they will do better if you feed them when in active green growth.
  • Plant in herbaceous borders, in pots, or leave in the ground to naturalise.
  • If planted in pots be sure to water frequently and keep moist.
Aftercare Advice for your Tulips
  • Tulips can be planted as late as November. However, it’s best to get your bulbs in the ground so that they can establish a good root system before it gets too cold.
  • Plant in herbaceous borders, in pots, or leave in the ground to naturalise.
  • Water frequently and if in pots ensure that the compost doesn’t dry out.
Tidying your Tulips
  • Once flowering is over, it is important to leave the leaves on your tulips until they have died right down. This allows the bulb to store food and produce flowers the following year.
  • While it is recommended that bulbs are dug up and dried in the summer sun. Modern thought is that this offers no real benefit and many gardeners now leave bulbs where they are.