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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.
Flowers and bulbs are harvested for the cut flower and gardening industries.
Divide bulbs when dormant. A new small bulblet will take three years to develop into a flowering bulb.
Many hybrids have been developed by crossing special traits - sow seed in Autumn and keep moist.
Attracts useful insects
Asia, a band corresponding to Latitude 40o north.
Temperate to cold
Loam, Sand, Chalk
Soil PH preference
Grown for their colourful flowers.
Grown commercially for the cut flower industry.
Red, Yellow, White, Purples, Pink, Orange, Cream, Green, Burgandy, Black, Bicolour
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.