Early tulips (simple)

A group of single tulips, with a mid-spring flowering.
Common name : Early tulips (simple)
Scientific name : Tulipa simple hâtive
Family : Liliaceae
Category : Bulbs
Type of plant : Perennial
Cup-shaped, single tulips stand about 10-14” tall, with colours ranging from white to purple. Nice large blossoms with a classic tulip shape, during the peak of daffodil season.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 10 - 45
pH 6 - 7

Identify my early tulips

There are many hybrid varieties of tulips — early, late, large, small, striped or viridiflora — and they're available in more colors than their so-called "botanical" cousins. However, they're more demanding and they tend to tire out more quickly!

Plant my early tulips

Tulip bulb planting begins at the start of Autumn and continues until December, at the latest. Choose batches of 10 - 50 bulbs rather than planting in 3's or 4's — try abundance! When planting outdoors, aerate the soil thoroughly to remove any weeds and pebbles, then add a bit of peat and sand. If possible, wait a few days before planting. The depth of the hole depends on the size of the bulb that you'd like to plant — approximately 10 cm for a medium-sized tulip bulb. In any case, the depth should equal two and a half times the eventual height of the tulips. Use a bulb dibbler to help planting; it's calibrated to make things easy! Sink it to the desired depth, then pull it out — it'll bring the soil back up with it! Place the bulb at the bottom of the hole, point facing upwards. You may place a small layer of sand at the bottom of the hole so that the bulb always has nice, dry roots. Cover with dirt — open the dibber, which will then release the earth it had pulled up. Finish with a good watering – that's it! If indoors, in a pot, or in a planter, plant the bulbs very close to each other in order to get a lovely, bunching effect. Don't cover them completely, let the tip of the bulb poke out of the soil. Water regularly.

Water my early tulips

It may be necessary to thoroughly water the bulbs in spring, after vegetation regrowth — during flowering. Water potted bulbs regularly.

Mulch my early tulips

The presence of a light layer of mulch over a draining soil will limit both evaporation and much of the need for watering. Mulch in November and renew if necessary in April-May. 3-4 cm of mulch will be enough.

Shelter my early tulips

Hybrid tulips prefer to stay dry during the summer, so tulip purists like to digs the bulbs out of the ground and store them somewhere sheltered after the leaves yellow, in order to transplant them in the autumn.

Put outside my early tulips

If you took you bulbs into shelter in July, you must replant them in autumn!

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