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Tulip

Tulipa spp.

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

15cm

50cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

Tulipa is a genus more commonly known as Tulip. It contains 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.

Common 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.

Companion plants

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

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

Attracts useful insects

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Indoor plant

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

Drought resistant

Survive dry summers in bulb form.

Attractive flowers

Uses

Ornamental

Grown for their colourful flowers.

Floristry

Grown commercially for the cut flower industry.