Darwin hybrid Tulip mix- BULBS
|Darwin hybrid tulips are both sturdy and tall (60cm or more). A number of years ago, they were the most popular tulips on the market. However, this popularity has diminished considerably, probably because, even though they are a beautiful cut flower, they do not last long. The first variaties were produced in 1936 by D. Lefeber from crossing Tulip fosteriana Mad. Lefeber with a Darwin tulip. These hybrids have large flowers on long stems. They combined the good qualities of both parents; the relationships of the stem length, petal size, flower shape, and plant size to each other were considered ideal. Furthermore, the brilliant colours in all shades between red and yellow were stunning. They look like poppies when they open. The flower is especially striking when it is closed, as it usually is in the morning, when the flower is covered with a slot light gloss.
Did you know that there are over 3,000 unique varieties of tulips?! Tulips were first introduced to Europe in 1559 and over the next 100 years led to a speculative craze in which single tulip bulbs were sold for over 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman.
Today tulips are loved for their beautiful, upright flowers and gorgeous array of colors.
favorite with landscapers. It delivers high voltage color for beds, borders and containers.
• Great in Containers
• Long Lasting Blooms
Planting Growing Instructions
Tulip bulbs should be planted in late autumn, with the pointed end facing upwards, at a depth of approximately 3 times their height. Make sure that they are planted deep enough - shallow planting may prevent the bulbs receiving the necessary winter cold period that is essential for them to produce flowers in spring. Choose a sunny position in moist, free draining soil.
Plant bulbs in well dug soil about 8-10cm deep and approx 10-15cm apart. It is often beneficial to use a little bonemeal or super phosphate mixed in with the soil. Tulips delight during their growth in a sunny location.
How to Grow Tulip Bulbs:
1. In the Fall, choose a spot that is mostly sunny or has only light shade. Also make sure that the location has fairly good drainage and does not tend to get waterlogged.
2. Planting tulip bulbs is fairly simple. Bulbs look much like a small onion, sometimes with a spike or point on one side and sometimes with wiry roots growing out of one. Plant with the spike pointing up.
3. Follow the rule of thumb when planting bulbs and give the bulbs at least 2 times their height of soil above them. Dig a 6-7 inch hole, drop the bulb into it and cover with soil.
4. Regarding the spacing between bulbs, if planting in beds, leave approx 5-6 inches between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can cluster them a little closer together.
5. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.
6. Tulip bulbs will flower in the spring. After the flowers die back in late spring or early summer, let the plant enjoy a drier, warmer rest period. After leaves die back, stop watering so that the bulb can rest.
7. In cooler zones, you can leave the tulip bulbs in the ground over winter so that they can receive their required period of winter cooling in order to flower the following Spring.