Alone they are eye catching, en masse they are irresistible. Stunning colour with brilliant yellow petals blending to a hot, red edge. Blooms for a decent amount of time and can be combined with reds, yellows and oranges to set your garden ablaze with colour. Mid season flowers.
Tulipmania might have transpired nearly four hundred years ago but the spirit lives on in gardeners everywhere. Tulips may have a reputation as `difficult customers` 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 it into well drained soil in a sunny spot, fertilise and water occasionally then wait for the show.
Tulips look best en masse. Their intense colouring can be used to create platforms of colour through your beds and borders. The large range means there is one to suit every garden style or pallet.
If you are lucky enough to live where the weather is warm you will need to chill your bulbs. To do this place them in a paper bag, egg carton or similar breathable containment, then pop them into the crisper (don`t confuse them with onions!) and leave them for a 4-6 weeks (for Tulips some say up to 8 weeks but it is a long time taking up valuable fridge space so just do your best). Chilling your Tulips brings their flowering time forward and converts the carbohydrates to sugars stimulating growth in the bulb. By bringing your flowering forward the flowers will open before the warm weather and last longer. If you live in an area that gets at least two frosts a year you do not need to refrigerate your Tulip bulbs.
During this down time you can prepare the soil for their arrival by adding some delicious organic matter. Tulips need good drainage and at least six hours sun a day to flower at their best. Plant the bulbs 15-20cm deep with the pointed end up. Space 10-20cm apart. Plant Tulips closely for a bigger show.
In most areas it is recommended you lift and store your Tulip bulbs once their foliage has browned. If you live in an area with frost, the soil is shaded or mulched through summer and the ground does not become soggy during their dormant period you do not need to lift your Tulip bulbs. In every other case it is recommended.
Supplied as: Bulbs
Tulipa x hybrida
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Full Sun to Light Shade