In the 1500s the tulip was prized as a symbol of wealth in Turkey. Sultans often wore the flowers in their turbans and it’s believed Europeans coined the name 'tulip' after the Persian word for turban. In 1636, The Dutch traded bulbs for the same price as houses, a period known as 'tulip mania' and forward wind to 1835 where a London gardener possessed a single bulb worth 200 guineas! Thankfully prices are now within easy reach, and Suttons have a fantastic selection of tulip bulbs for sale.
There are 15 different divisions of tulips displaying different characteristics and worthy of a spot in your garden. The Giant Darwin Hybrid tulips are some of the most impressive - huge blooms, as tall and glossy as a supermodel in her finest makeup.
These look like you expect a tulip to look! At the other end of the spectrum is Tulipa slyvestris, a delicate wild species described as early as 1576. Its small yellow blossoms are ideal in meadows and unlike most tulips, happy in some shade. There are a wide variety of dwarf tulips available from Suttons, ideal for small spaces or exposed sites where wind damage may affect taller plants.
For an outdoor space sensation, the fringed tulips offer something different with their frilly edged petals dressed to impress. 'Hamilton' in yellow shines as brightly as its West End show namesake `whilst 'Cuban Night' is passionately deep purple - a sophisticated colour choice for garden design. Another showstopper with hourglass figures to covet, are the lily tulips - elegant and perfect for pots or borders- 'Peter De Leur' is a fine figure cloaked in velvet red.
A group which look more like peonies are the double tulips – beautifully blousy, they fill a pot with ease. 'Belle Epoque' is stunning in apricot and looks well with dark purple varieties.
Tulips require well-drained soil and should be planted ideally in November, later than their daffodil cousins. This late planting deters tulip fire disease which prefers earlier warm damp conditions.
Whichever you favour, be sure to make time for a tulip or two
Where To Grow Tulip Bulbs?
- Tulip bulbs thrive best in full sun
- Well-drained soil
- Add lime to acid soil
- Protect from strong winds
- Grow Tulip bulbs in beds, on rockeries or in containers
How To Grow Tulip Bulbs?
- Plant Tulip bulbs in later autumn, from November to December
- The planting depth varies depending on the size of the bulb
- Space the bulbs 10-20cm apart
- Feed when buds appear and again when flowering has finished
- Water regularly in dry periods
- Tulips are perfect for cutting
- Remove dead flowers and foliage
- Tulip bulbs can be left in the ground or lifted and kept in a cool dry place
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