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Tulip

Tulpenzwiebeln kaufen Frühlingsblumen LuberaTulips should not be missing in any spring garden, so it is worth buying tulip bulbs every autumn. There is still room for a new variety somewhere, for a new colour combination, for a small design experiment with shapes and colours. Hardly any other plant leaves more room for imagination, be it in a garden bed, in pots on a balcony or as a cheerful, colourful eye-catcher at a house entrance. If you buy tulip bulbs now, you can fulfil your most extravagant garden dreams for several months next spring.

Buying tulip bulbs - various varieties

From the classic tight Darwin tulips with their elegant, cup-shaped flowers to the delicate wild tulips to double and fringed varieties or the wild-patterned parrot tulips, there is hardly any other flower with more variety. From black to white, from classic yellow and red to a variety of delicate pastel shades to the darkest red or bright orange: all colours and combinations, except pure blue, occur in the tulip bulbs. Until today it has not been possible to breed a blue tulip, although it has been tried again and again. Sometimes cut tulips are coloured blue with ink. All other colours and all kinds of tulip bulbs are best bought now from Lubera. Designing with tulips is a special pleasure because there are really no limits to your imagination.

   
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Darwin Tulip 'Cream Cocktail'

Tulipa 'Cream Cocktail'

£2.60 *

Darwin Tulip 'Daydream'

Tulipa 'Daydream'

£2.80 *

Darwin Tulip 'Hakuun'®

Tulipa 'Hakuun'®

£3.00 *

Darwin Tulip 'Lalibela'

Tulipa 'Lalibela'

£3.10 *

Darwin Tulip 'Salmon Impression'

Tulipa 'Salmon Impression'

£2.40 *

Darwin Tulip 'Worlds Favourite'

Tulipa 'Worlds Favourite'

£3.50 *

Darwin Tulip Mixture

Darwin Hybrid Tulip Mix

£7.90 *

Double Tulip 'Angélique'

Tulipa 'Angélique'

£4.00 *

Double Tulip 'Black Hero'

Tulipa 'Black Hero'

£4.90 *

Double Tulip 'Carnaval de Nice'

Tulipa 'Carnaval de Nice'

£3.50 *

Double Tulip 'Exotic Emperor'®

Tulipa 'Exotic Emperor'®

£2.60 *

Double Tulip 'Orange Princess'

Tulipa 'Orange Princess'

£5.40 *

   
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The origin of the tulips

Tulpenzwiebeln kaufen Frühlingsblumen LuberaTulips belong to the lily family and there are about 150 species in nature. Most come from Turkey, from Central and Southern Europe, but also from Asia and North Africa. In Northern Europe, only the vineyard tulip is native. This was brought from the south about 500 years ago and then became known. It is now considered an endangered plant.

In the 16th century, the first tulips from the Ottoman Empire were imported to Holland. In 1562, the Dutch botanist Carolus Clusius wrote the first tulip book. This caused a stir and the wealthy Dutch began buying tulip bulbs. Soon the tulips were so famous and so expensive that bulbs were stolen from the Clusius' garden. More and more people were happy to buy and plant tulip bulbs, and more and more often the tulips started to appear in gardens, but also in paintings by the great Dutch art masters. Still life artwork with flowering tulips in a vase was especially popular. Opulent tulip festivals were also celebrated and those who took pride in their garden simply had to buy more and more tulip bulbs and grow tulips as rare as possible in their garden. Thus, in the middle of the 17th century, a huge hype arose, and some rare tulip bulbs were traded for the price of a house at that time! There was a lot of speculation that buying tulip bulbs had become an existential survival issue for some Dutchmen, and they could not stop pushing prices higher and higher. Finally, the bubble burst. Many a Dutchman lost not only his wit, but all his belongings as well. At that time, the flamed tulip 'Semper Augustus' was particularly famous. Not everyone could buy these tulip bulbs as they were very rare. The crazy play of colours was caused by a virus. And so these tulip bulbs soon died because they were actually sick. They were so weakened by the virus that this most precious variety of all tulips soon disappeared as it had come, and until today it could not be found or bred again. Only paintings and historical reports bear witness to their fairytale existence.

Tulip flowers for many months

Anyone who selects the various varieties skilfully, when buying tulip bulbs, can enjoy tulip blossoms for as long as five months. The small wild tulips like the yellow-white Tulipa turkestanica, the pink Tulipa humilis 'Persian pearl' or the yellow Tulipa praestans 'Shogun' bloom first. These delicate wild tulips flower from February to the end of March. They are only about 25 centimetres high and are good in rockeries or dry perennial beds. Then follow the Kaufmanniana tulips with their bright red colours, for example, 'Showwinner', which blooms in March and April. This variety is only about 20 centimetres high and is therefore also ideal for classic containers on windowsills or on balconies. When the geraniums arrive in the boxes at the end of May, the tulips are placed somewhere in the background of the perennial beds, so that the foliage can die back undisturbed. After the wild tulips come the simple, early tulips. These have cup-shaped, quite large flower, and are suitable as classic bed tulips as well as for larger pots. Depending on the variety, they will grow up to a good 50 centimetres and they will bloom in the middle of spring. Also in the middle of spring, the double, early tulips bloom. From mid to late spring, the triumph tulips display their elegant, curved flowers, which are extremely popular both in beds and for vases. Then the simple, late tulips appear, which include the most popular Darwin hybrids. These are 50 to 70 inches high and they shape the classic spring image seen in many gardens. After these, come the simple, late tulips, as well as the lily-flowered tulips with their large, flower tips. These are followed by the Rembrandt tulips as well as the parrot tulips, both wildly patterned, and the parrots with curly flowers, a true curiosity that should be considered when buying tulips. The orange-pink Tulipa 'Amazing Parrot' is an eye-catcher, and the white-green Tulipa 'Madonna' impresses with its extravagant elegance. The last to come are the double, late tulips, which are also called peony-flowered tulips because their flowers are as full as peony roses. The tulip 'Carnaval de Nice' is especially popular among the double varieties.

Tulips as cut flowers

Tulips are a great pleasure not only in the garden but also as cut flowers in displays, they last for a very long time in a vase. If you buy and plant tulip bulbs now, you will not only be able to enjoy the colours in beds and in the pots on the balcony next spring, but you will also be able to create your own bouquets. And what could be better than giving away a bouquet of self-made tulips in the spring? By the way, bouquets of flowers can be used to try out wonderful new colour combinations. If a bouquet is particularly successful, be sure to write down the varieties in a garden diary, and then plant this combination in the beds or pots next autumn.

Location

Basically, every tulip needs enough sun and permeable soil. Apart from this they are quite undemanding and thrive in every garden. When grown in containers, a mixture of universal soil and potting soil is best. However a mixture of garden soil, compost and sand can also be used. In gardens with heavy soils, some compost and sand should also be placed in the hole before the tulip bulbs are planted. On moist beds, daffodils are better located instead of tulips, as they tolerate moisture better. When ordering your flower bulbs, do not just look out for the offers and the mixtures that you particularly like in terms of colour, but also take notice of which ones are suitable for the soil in your garden.

Planting

When buying tulip bulbs, you should make sure that the individual tubers are as large and bulging as possible. Incidentally, this does not only apply to tulips, but also to daffodils and other flower bulbs. The larger the bulbs, the larger the flowers tend to be. If the bulbs are not that big, you can use universal fertiliser or tomato fertiliser. Like all flower bulbs, tulips are planted twice as deep as the bulbs are large. The holes should be dug with a small hand shovel, and if necessary loosen up the soil in the planting hole a little. If the ground is rather wet, make the hole a bit bigger and put in a handful of sand first. Then place the bulbs with the shoot tip up on this drainage bed and fill the hole with loose humus and some compost. The distance between the individual bulbs should be at least 10 centimetres. The most natural displays are when tulips of two or three colours are planted in combination in larger groups. Mix the bulbs and then gently throw them out onto the bed. Each bulb should be planted exactly where it fell.

Tulips planted in a pot

If the garden has already been filled and the balcony also, this does not matter with tulips, as they thrive excellently in pots and flower boxes. Order a few more flower bulbs than you would use in the garden on the same area and put them in the pot a little closer together. Ideally, the containers should be 20 to 30 inches deep. But even in a smaller container, smaller tulips such as the wild ones can thrive quite well. With larger tulips, you have to make sure that they have enough stability. When a tulip gets 50 or more inches high, it needs a bigger pot to hold it. For the large tulip varieties, we recommend 40 to 50 centimetre deep pots, as they can be used later for example for tomato shrubs. Incidentally, this timing can be pretty good, since the tomato seedlings are usually still in the greenhouse until the end of May or early June. The old tulips can be taken out of the pots well after flowering if you want to use the same containers for summer plants. It is simply important that they are buried somewhere in the garden until the summer. If there is only one balcony, then the older tulips can be put in a smaller pot in the back until their leaves die back, so that they do not disturb the displays in the foreground. Otherwise, one can place the containers with the older tulips far back in a perennial bed. They must be there in the ground until their foliage has died back by itself. Meanwhile, other flowers can take over the show. Incidentally, daffodils can be treated in the same way. Once the foliage has died back, the bulbs can be dug out and stored dry and dark until autumn. Then they can be planted again in the pots.

Pests and diseases

The biggest enemies of all tulips are mice. Tulip bulbs are edible, and the moles know that, too. On the other hand, in addition to cats and mouse traps, only one thing helps: plant the bulbs in wire baskets. Enemy number two are snails. They do not like tulip leaves, but if they do not have any other food, they will still eat them. In addition, tulips are sensitive to rot fungi. It is important that these popular flowers never get too wet. Except for mice and rot, however, the tulips have few enemies and diseases. They are considered very easy to maintain and easy to grow. In a cold, exposed garden, it is recommended to cover the freshly planted tulip bulbs with some leaves and twigs. Otherwise, these flower bulbs do not need winter protection in the garden.

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