Tulip bulbs are available for sale online and in bulk (wholesale). Growing tulips is not difficult however tulip bulbs available differ greatly in requirements.
The tulips that we see as cut flowers are hybrid tulips, usually Darwin Tulips and Parrot Tulips. Species tulips are usually much less demanding bulbs to grow and care for than the highly bred cultivars we see in mass displays and as cut flowers. So we have Darwin Tulips, Parrot Tulips, Single Early Tulips, Doubles and Species
One of the best known bulbs in the world, the Tulip has a long history. At one stage one of the most expensive items, a lot cheaper today.
When do they flower ?
Depending on the variety or species tulips will flower from early sting to early summer, however most modern cultivars will be mid season.
Although seen as 'Dutch' tulips are actually from the Mediterranean countries and this gives us the key to growing them. They come from regions of hot summers and cold winters, but usually mountainous or at least very well drained soils.
Growing Tulips in Vases
Yes you can grow tulips in vases, the bulbs are suspended just above the water, and the so called 'tulip vases' are specially designed to do this.
The bulb itself must not touch the water or it will rot.
With new releases every year its a little hard to recommend. However we do like the species tulips, the flowers are not as big but they do have a simple elegance.
Species tulips are generally treated as rock garden plants. They will require a well drained position with full sun, we do not lift ours every year, we do divide them every 3 years or so. When buying species tulips ask for growing instructions for the specific species.
Links to Species Tulips
- Digging or Lifting Tulip Bulbs.
It is common practice to dig or lift tulip bulbs over summer, however in nature this is not what happens. Tulips are originally from the Middle east where summers are very hot dry, tulips like a dry dormancy. We lift tulips to provide these conditions. Mark where your tulips are planted while the foliage is still visible, this allows you to dig around them.
- Storage of Tulip Bulbs.
Store the bulbs in a cool dry position during summer. Store the bulbs outside in a cool dry position to dry before bringing into storage.
- When to Plant Tulip Bulbs.
Tulip Bulbs are best planted in late fall to early winter. Remember that tulips like a sunny position. Look for bulbs that are of a good size and are clean, firm and dry but not shriveled. Plant bulbs at 3 times the height of the bulb.
Where to BuyReadily available for sale online from specialist growers.