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Tulip 'Abba'

Tulipa (2: Double Early Group) 'Abba'

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has a mild fragrance

    Tulip 'Abba' Overview

    Tulipa 'Abba' is an early flowering tulip that produces ....................... flowers at the top of stems that can be 45 cm in height. Plant bulbs three times their own depth in autumn and only water during periods of drought. They prefer full sun and free draining sites making them perfect to plant in containers ready for the following spring. Tulip 'Abba' is classified as division 2; Double Early tulip. Flowering in the early part of the season, these fully double flowers are bowl shaped and can get up to 8 cm (3") across.

    Common problems with Tulip 'Abba'

    Tulip bulbs can dug up and eaten by squirrels and also suffer from tulip fire (rot).

    How to harvest Tulip 'Abba'

    Generally not harvested but flowers are cut for floral arrangements.

    How to propagate Tulip 'Abba'

    Bulbs

    Bulbs need to be planted pointed end up, 10 to 15 cm deep (4 to 6") in the colder months of late autumn.

    Division

    Divide bulbs when dormant. A new small bulblet will take three years to develop into a flowering bulb.

    Seed

    Many hybrids have been developed by crossing special traits - sow seed in Autumn and keep moist.

    Special features of Tulip 'Abba'

    Attractive flowers

    Attracts useful insects

    Bees are attracted to the flowers.

    Drought resistant

    Survive dry summers in bulb form.

    Indoor plant

    Can be grown indoors, place in high light areas but limit direct sunlight to early mornings.

    Pot plant

    Tulips make beautiful potted flowers. Plant in well draining potting medium in enough sunlight to promote flowering. Plant close together for a stunning show.

    Other uses of Tulip 'Abba'

    This easy bulb can be planted in containers for spring displays or scattered through borders for a naturized look. It's elegant appearance can provide architectural in urban courtyard gardens as well as bank or slopes of informal gardens.

    Ornamental

    Grown for their colourful flowers.

    Floristry

    Grown commercially for the cut flower industry