Tulips

Tulipa spp.

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Tulipa or more commonly tulips are flowering bulbs valued in beds and borders for their bright colours in early spring. They are indigenous to mountainous areas with temperate climates, where they are a common element of steppe and winter-rain Mediterranean vegetation. They thrive in climates with long, cool springs and dry summers. Tulips are most commonly found in meadows, steppes and chaparral, but also introduced in fields, orchards, roadsides and abandoned gardens. For horticultural purposes tulips are divided into groups according to their flower characteristics. The groups are: Single early, Double early, Triumph, Darwin, Single late, Lily-flowered, Fringed, Viridiflora, Rembrandt, Parrot, Double late, Kaufmanniana, Fosteriana, Greigii and Miscellaneous groups.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Flowers and bulbs are harvested for the cut flower and gardening industries.

Propagation

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

Pot plant
Attracts useful insects
Indoor plant
Drought resistant

Special features

Origin

Asia, a band corresponding to Latitude 40o north.

Natural climate

Temperate to cold

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Chalk

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Ornamental

Grown for their colourful flowers.

Floristry

Grown commercially for the cut flower industry.

Personality

Family

Liliaceae

Flower colour

Red, Yellow, White, Purples, Pink, Orange, Cream, Green, Burgandy, Black, Bicolour

Scent

None

Problems

Can be attacked by slugs, aphids and stem & bulb eelworms. It can also be eaten by squirrels. It can also suffer from tulip fire & bulb rot.
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