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Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Colourful Tulips

Colourful Tulips

Colourful tulips bring happiness to any pot, container or spring flower bed. Flamed, feathered, striped and spotted patterns in all imaginable hues create a happy mood on a balcony and in a spring garden.

   
 
Simple, Early Tulip 'Flair'

Tulipa 'Flair'

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Simple, Early Tulips 'Prinses Irene'

Tulipa 'Prinses Irene'

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Wild Tulip 'Cynthia'

Tulipa clusiana 'Cynthia'

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Wild Tulip 'Lady Jane'

Tulipa clusiana 'Lady Jane'

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Wild Tulip 'Tubergens Gem'

Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha 'Tubergens Gem'

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More useful information about Colourful Tulips

With these imaginative tulip varieties, you can let your creativity run wild in every colour of the rainbow when planting bulbs. From small, colourful wild tulips such as Tulipa humilis 'Alba Caerulea Oculata' with its delicate flower petals to the large, proud tulip 'Gavota' with its yellow and purple flowers that look like flames in extremely striking colours. Other varieties include 'Spring Green' in red, white and green or tulip 'Night Rider' with its pink flowers, which are white on the outside and flamed green. All of these superb varieties produce magnificent flower displays in every spring garden.
 

More Colourful Tulip Varieties

A popular spring garden darling is tulip 'Heart's Delight'. This delicate wild tulip with its white calyx bears striking yellow and red stripes, and the flower head is also yellow. It looks refreshing and cheerful and conjures up a smile on the face of all plant lovers when it is seen in rockeries or in small containers on the balcony. Tulip 'World Expression' is a simple, late variety. This flower bulb forms large calyxes of the most delicate pale yellow colour, on which fiery flames of bright red colour are displayed. When these colourful tulips are in bloom, they can be seen in the garden from far away. A breath-taking contrast! And each of these flowers is different as if beautifully and uniquely marked by an artist who could have painted them by hand. The simple, early tulip 'Flair' delights the gardener's heart in April with a cheerful yellow-red colour and a somewhat orange patterned calyx. And tulip 'Fly Away' opens its lily-flowered elegant calyx towards the end of April and into May. The petals are as feather-light on the outside as if the flowers could actually fly up and down the garden. These are also excellent cut flowers and they delight the eye with their clear, red and yellow design.

The Best Location

Colourful TulipsColourful tulips are best grown in mixed perennial beds or in containers. They should always be planted in groups to enhance their effect. In a perennial bed, a group of a half dozen to dozen of these blooms looks great when inserted between existing perennials. They fit well to perennials such as bellflowers, peonies and lady's mantle, and also fit with summer-flowering perennials such as larkspur or phlox. The advantage of combining these tulips with perennials is that the young foliage of the perennials in late spring then obscures the withering leaves of the tulips. Colourful tulips need a sunny spot with well-drained, humus-rich soil. If the soil is wet and heavy, it must first be sprinkled with sand and compost. Partial shade or shade is not suitable for them, as they really need the sun to vigorously develop their beautiful colours.

Planting Colourful Tulips Properly

Like all flower bulbs, coloured tulips should be planted twice as deep as the bulbs are high. For small wild tulips, this is only a few centimetres; for the large parrot or triumph tulips that can be a good six centimetres in height of the flower bulbs, which means that they should then be planted twelve centimetres deep. In cold locations and if the ground is a bit damp and heavy, you should make the planting hole about two centimetres deeper and place a layer of sand in the ground. Then place the bulbs in the planting hole; always place them with the shoot tip-up in the hole. Then fill with soil and compost. Lightly press. Tulip bulbs should basically not be watered after planting since they are more likely to get damaged with too much moisture. Finally, tulips come from hot, dry areas where they grow in nature on rocky sites. If they are too wet, they can rot or mould can form. In addition to wetness, there is still a second problem with colourful tulips and these are the mice. The taste of the fat, juicy flower bulbs is irresistible to them. That is why in gardens where mice are found, it is best to plant the precious flower bulbs in baskets right from the start. Except for the mice, the tulips have few enemies, and when they grow in baskets, not much can happen to them.

Growing and Propagating Colourful Tulips

Coloured tulips are easy to care for. In a perennial bed, you can simply grow them alone. However, after flowering, the faded flowers should be cut as soon as possible. Otherwise, they lose too much strength with the seed formation. Colourful tulips multiply much better by using daughter bulbs than seeds. The bulbs can either be dug out in the summer, or the tulips can be left in place for a few years, then dug up in the summer when the foliage has died back. Split the bulbs, then replant them individually. It is always important for tulips, that you leave the leaves alone until they have completely withered and retracted. In this phase after flowering, the colourful tulips can also be fertilised again. This allows them to gather strength for the next spring, storing the nutrients in the bulbs. Throughout the summer, the bulbs can stay in the ground. They may also be a bit dry, which is better for tulips than when they are too wet. In particular, the small wild tulips like to thrive in rock gardens where the conditions in the summer are similar to their homeland in Turkey and other hot, dry areas.

Pots

These tulip varieties are ideal for planting in pots. These flowers are excellent for entrances or as an eye-catcher on a balcony or terrace. The advantage of growing them in containers is that after flowering they can be placed in the background, where their leaves can calmly decay. Small wild tulips also perfect in balcony boxes, for example, Tulip humilis 'Alba Caerulea Oculata' . Even the delicate types of Tulipa clusiana 'Lady Jane', 'Tubergens Gem' or 'Cynthia' are ideally suited for growing in containers. Since they are quite narrow and small and are not very high, they can bloom on a somewhat windy balcony without breaking. Bigger varieties such as 'Carneval de Nice' or 'Prinses Irene' need a larger container to stand up well and can break easily on a windy, exposed balcony. They look lovely in a beautiful terracotta pot or in a modern designer container in a protected location. 

For Vases

What could be better than a bouquet of your own tulips? Particularly striking are the colourful patterned tulips for floristic purposes. Long-stemmed varieties such as the triumph tulip 'Gavota' or the flamed 'Spring Green' are ideal as cut flowers. Tulip 'Night Rider' or tulip 'World Expression' are excellent for floristic purposes. Those who have enough space in the vegetable garden can also plant one or two rows extra with these extravagant tulips to harvest them in larger quantities as cut flowers. These tulips usually look best in the vase when a larger number of the same variety is set together. They can be combined simply with hazel branches or with the fresh green branches of blueberry bushes.

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