The January tulip

When I bought a bag of tulips in the reduced aisle a couple of weeks ago, I could already see that they were starting to sprout. No wonder, as they were in a heated environment.

I wasn’t unduly surprised either when I saw that one had continued its growth

in the planter on the patio. The compost in the planter isn’t very deep and the patio is no doubt sheltered.

Talking of doubts, however, brings me to the question of whether I should or could do anything to slow down or even stop the tulip from growing right now. Covering the growing tip with compost seems like one solution but then are all the tulips at the same point under the soil?

On a different note, at least the garlic has started to shoot through the soil as well. I had been concerned about it appearing so late after planting (just over two months) but in this case, ironically, it might be because I planted it more deeply than usual.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to The January tulip

  1. Tabula Rasa says:

    I think you could cover the whole trough and not worry about the rest. They will easily break through that much soil

  2. Tabula’s suggestion looks good

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