double early tulip bulbs
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil (for container-grown bulbs use two parts John Innes No2 compost to one part sharp grit)
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March and April
- Flower colour: rich pink
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers; all parts of the plant may cause a mild stomach upset if ingested; contact with any parts of the plant may aggravate skin allergies
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 12/14
Yellow centred, rich pink blooms appear from early spring, forming good-sized flowers that gradually open to big, open bowls. Plant them with deeper pinks, most shades of blue or purple and silver foliage for best effect.
- Garden care: From September to December plant the bulbs 15-20cm deep and 10-15cm apart in fertile, well-drained soil. Alternatively, allow 7-9 bulbs per 30cm sq. After flowering dead-head and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each week for the first month. Once the foliage has died down naturally lift the bulbs and store in a cool greenhouse.
- Harmful if eaten/may cause skin allergy
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