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Tulip 'Top Lips'

Tulipa (2: Double Early Group) 'Top Lips'

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15cm

Max

10cm

10cm

Min

5cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Tulip 'Top Lips' Overview

Tulipa 'Top Lips' is an early flowering tulip that produces deep pink, edged with white flowers at the top of stems that can be 40cm 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 'Top Lips' 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 'Top Lips'

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

How to harvest Tulip 'Top Lips'

Generally not harvested but flowers are cut for floral arrangements.

How to propagate Tulip 'Top Lips'

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 'Top Lips'

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Drought resistant

Survive dry summers in bulb form.

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.

Indoor plant

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

Other uses of Tulip 'Top Lips'

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.