Tulipa 'Mickey Mouse'
single early tulip bulbs
As brash as an American cartoon, so living up to the name, this psychedelic yellow tulip is irregularly flamed and splashed in bright-red - but guaranteed to flower by April.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: early April
- Flower colour: yellow and red
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 11/12
A single, early hybrid with deep yellow cups that are heavily streaked with blood-red flames. The flowers are quite small but nevertheless they pack a real punch when planted in bold drifts, or where their bright flowers can add early colour to a hot border.
- Garden care:In September to December plant 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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