Tulipa 'Paul Scherer'
single late tulip bulbs
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A rounded dark tulip which rivals 'Queen of Night' for its sultry looks but these tulips arrive in April - perfect for the black notes needed with white narcissi or pale tulips to create an ebony and ivory contrast.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May
- Flower colour: purple-black
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 11/12
Tulip breeders have been trying for years to create a variety that produces a near-black flower on a tall stem - and here it is! The blooms are large, oval, almost egg-shaped, and sit on top of a sturdy stem in late spring. Plant in bold drifts for big impact, or tone it down with silvers and pinks. This variety has been the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.
- 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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