parrot tulip bulbs
One of the most ornate and flamboyant tulips with green-feathered, carmine-red petals scrunched up into a flower that ripples and flutters as it opens.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May
- Flower colour: red streaked with green
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 12/+
The petals of this spectacular tulip are a delicious velvety red, edged in fire engine-red and flamed with fine green markings. Finally the entire flower has a soft blue sheen, which seems to intensify further. As with all parrot tulips, these also boast deeply cut petals which give them a fringed look. These are one of the best for cut flowers as their stems create interesting shapes in the vase.
- 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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