Growing Calendar for Lily-Flowered Tulip Mix -Tulip bulbs
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Tall and stately with elegant pointed petals, the lily flowered tulip bulbs in this mix are excellent for planting in drifts in the border or for growing in containers.
Our Lily-Flowered Tulip mix includes three of each:
China Pink Soft pink elegant flowers
Pretty Woman Deep red flowers with a green base
Tres Chic This white lily-flowered tulip is shorter than most
West Point Wonderful lemon-yellow flowers.
Ballade Curvy purple flowers with a broad white edge
Plant tulip bulbs from October to November. Plant the bulbs at a depth of at least three times their height into free draining soil in a sunny site.
Avoid planting bulbs in soil that gets waterlogged; and on heavy soils add grit to the planting hole to prevent bulbs rotting.
Tulips are native to hot dry regions of Iran and Turkey where they thrive on very free-draining soils. The bulbs enjoy hot summer sunshine but they also need a period of winter cold to produce the best flowers.
Plant tulips in containers of gritty compost f you garden on wet, heavy soil. Plant the bulbs at a depth of at least three times the bulb’s height.
Deadhead the spent flowers to stop the bulbs from diverting energy into seed production.
Let the tulip leaves die down naturally and don’t be tempted to cut them back early. The foliage needs to absorb energy back to the bulb to ensure next years flowers.
Tulips are grouped into 15 classes. These classes are based on a number of factors including flowering times, flower type and shape. Lily-flowered Tulips are grouped in Class 6. The tulips in this class are characterised by their pointed flowers, most are tall and bloom in mid-to late spring.