Bright white and tomato red petals. The lovely, strong stems easily support the large flower heads that open late in the season. It is really long lasting in vase also – being originally bred for the cut flower trade, where it is lauded and much sought after the world over.
Voluminous and voluptuous, Double Tulips gradually unfurl to expose layer upon layer of glorious petals. The large flowers are long lasting on short to medium stems. Double Tulips are great in pots or garden beds. The large blooms can be used create platforms of colour in your beds.
Tulips look best en masse. When planting keep this in mind and plant them quite densely. By using a triangle planting formation you can create a nice full display.
Tulips may have a reputation for being `Prima Donnas’ but in most cases this is undeserved. When you buy a bulb the flower is already pre-formed, ready to bloom. All you need to do is plant them into well drained soil in a sunny spot, water and enjoy the show.
A simple way to remember when to plant your tulips is around Mother`s Day. It doesn’t have to be on the day, it just serves as an easy marker. The timing is ideal as the soil has cooled sufficiently for planting and the really hot autumn days are usually done and dusted.
All our bulbs are ready to grow; they do not need to be chilled, which is one less thing to do.
It is a good idea to prepare the soil for their arrival by adding some delicious organic matter. Tulips need good drainage and at least six hours of sun a day to flower at their best. Plant the bulbs 15-20cm deep with the pointed end up. Space your tulips 10-15cm apart, planting closer for a more spectacular show.
Water them in after planting to encourage the roots to get up and grow. Then, as they emerge they should be kept moist – the natural winter and early spring rainfall usually takes care of that. Add some fertiliser as they emerge to help shore up the bulbs for future seasons.
Supplied as: Bulbs
Mid to late season
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Full Sun to Light Shade