This dazzling floral jewel celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival in 2013.
The Tulip Festival began when people jumped the fence to see the spectacular flowers. The gates were opened in 1954 and since then over a million people have visited the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. The family is proud of this event and is committed to making it bigger and better each year.
Tesselaar Diamond Jubilee is an outstanding Tulip that always draws a lot of comment at our Tulip Festival. The white petals are brushed with pink from the edges towards the base. The flowers last well and hold their shape. It is one of the last varieties to flower.
Flowering fashionably late in the season, these are the largest of all the tulips. We recommend Monet Tulips for their vigour, especially in warmer climates. Of course they also grow really well in cooler climes.
Our Tip: Plant your tulips closely in a triangle shape to create a lovely full bouquet effect in the garden. When they are planted in lines or individually they tend to look lost or meagre.
Our Tip: 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.
Tulips are great in pots, we recommend regular watering as potting mix is perfectly drained, so dries out quickly and the addition of some fertiliser as they begin to grow to ensure the best show.
When growing tulips in pots, we recommend regular watering as potting mix is perfectly drained, so dries out quickly. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. In warm weather you may need to water daily to get the most out of them. If they are left too dry they tend to flower short, or abort their buds. We also suggest the addition of some fertiliser as they begin to grow to ensure the best show.
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