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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
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.

Darwin tulips

Darwin Tulips Lubera

Darwin Tulips and their hybrids with their strong colours create a real spring mood in the garden - whether in a rock garden, in smaller groups in a perennial bed, as a decorative underplanting of the most diverse shrubs or in the middle of a flower meadow. And the best thing is that we can offer you these colourful bulbs from our Lubera shop...

Darwin Tulip 'Cream Cocktail'

Tulipa 'Cream Cocktail'

£3.50 *

Darwin Tulip 'Daydream'

Tulipa 'Daydream'

£3.70 *

Darwin Tulip 'Hakuun'®

Tulipa 'Hakuun'®

£3.90 *

Darwin Tulip 'Lalibela'

Tulipa 'Lalibela'

£4.40 *

Darwin Tulip 'Salmon Impression'

Tulipa 'Salmon Impression'

£3.20 *

Darwin Tulip 'Worlds Favourite'

Tulipa 'Worlds Favourite'

£4.90 *

Darwin Tulip Mixture

Darwin Hybrid Tulip Mix

£10.40 *


More information about Darwin tulips


We offer Darwin tulips in a large range of varieties, so it is worthwhile to have a closer look around our garden shop. Darwin tulips are mostly uni-coloured; the Darwin Hybrid Tulips, on the other hand, are mostly bicoloured and multicoloured. Both groups are characterised by their bright colours, huge flowers and relatively high growth.



The advantages of Darwin tulips

  • High luminosity and the largest flowers of all tulip types
  • Colours do not fade
  • Wide range of colours with striking and partly edged petals
  • 50-70 cm high, suitable for mixed plantings


Which are best in the garden


Since most spring bulbs are grouped in beds (or meadows, pots, boxes, etc.), it is advisable to combine several colours. You will be able to do this very easily with our Darwin tulip mixture:

  • Tulip Darwin Hybrid Mix: a particularly high-quality mix with 30 bulbs of Darwin Hybrid Tulips in at least 6 different colour varieties, some with attractively edged petals.

Or rather a trio of three colours to mix yourself:

  • Darwin tulip 'Salmon Impression' (Darwin Hybrid Tulip): 10 large bulbs for strong, salmon-pink plants about 55 cm high, which are excellent cut flowers for the vase because they last a long time
  • Darwin tulip 'Cream Cocktail' (Darwin Hybrid Tulip): 10 large flower bulbs, ivory white with pale yellow flames. The trophy-shaped, strong flowers turn every border into a real eye-catcher and cut a particularly good figure in the rock garden
  • Darwin tulip 'Lalibela' (Darwin Hybrid Tulip): from April, 10 bulbs will develop into beautiful, bright spring bloomers in a bright and shiny red colour. At 50 to 60 cm in height, they are impossible to miss. A truly fascinating variety, named after the Emperor Lalibela of Ethiopia (12th/13th century), which is ideal for planting in pots and bowls.


Location and plantingDarwin Tulips Lubera


As a spring-flowering plant, the tulip is preferably planted in the garden in autumn - ideally September to November/December. Only use well-developed bulbs that are firm, absolutely mould-free and healthy. According to their origin, all tulip varieties like a sunny spot; if necessary, semi-shaded locations in the garden are also suitable. It is important that the soil is loose and permeable as well as rich in nutrients. If the soil is loamy and heavy, we recommend a 45 cm deep drainage layer of coarse gravel or crushed stone mixed with sand before planting the bulbs. A tulip cannot tolerate wetness, especially prolonged waterlogging, as too much water, especially in the winter, leads to fungal attack and rot on the bulbs.


Plant and fertilise


Whether a mixture or a Darwin hybrid tulip: the minimum size required is a planting hole two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall. Tulip varieties are the favourite food of voles in the garden, so a planting basket embedded in the ground or a simple wire mesh can be very helpful. Since the tulip is not a heavy eater, there is no need to add fertiliser or compost when planting. However, a little nitrogen in the spring as superficially applied compost or leaf soil or horn shavings may well be useful.


Care and propagation


In order that you can enjoy a colourful spring blossom in future years, the following must be observed: when the flowering period begins, smaller bulbs begin to form (next to the mother bulb), which grow until the leaves above ground are drawn in by the plant. The largest and strongest specimen ripens after the original bulb has bloomed and died off to form a daughter bulb, which develops a flower the following year. The somewhat smaller bulbs develop fully in later years, grow larger and can be used for reproduction. This offspring, which is vital for the tulip, thus feeds on the stored energy and reserves of the mother plant. Therefore: let the leaves to stand as long as possible until they wither on their own or can be easily pulled off the stem. Withered inflorescences on Darwin tulips may be removed immediately, however, as the plant can save itself the effort of seed production and gain more energy for the daughter bulbs. 


Good neighbours for Darwin tulips - mixed planting with roses and perennials


Similar to other bulbous flowers, this particularly attractive group of tulips only really develops its effect when it is planted in the garden soil in large numbers and distributed as irregularly as possible. If you want to place tulip bulbs in a mixed flower bed, play a little with different growth heights, colours and the different flowering times. High varieties, such as our Darwin tulips and Darwin hybrid tulips, are particularly effective in perennial gardens or rose beds. There you open the flowering season in the spring until a few weeks later the first perennials and roses follow and very discreetly cover the now slowly wilting leaves of the tulips in a completely natural way.


How tulips came to us


Tulips arrived in the 16th century as seeds and bulbs from the then Ottoman Empire to Vienna and from there to the Netherlands. Their name is derived from the Turkish 'tülbent' or Persian 'dulband', i.e. a turban-like headgear worn by the people in these countries at that time. In their new European homeland, tulips turned unusually quickly into real aficionados' plants. The commercial trade in these spring-flowering plants developed rapidly and finally culminated in the second half of the 16th century in the (actual) tulip mania, the world's first 'speculative bubble' in economic history. Although it was to be several years before the invention of the Darwin tulips, a normal tulip bulb cost around 10,000 guilders, which was equivalent to the value of a medium-sized property at the best address in Amsterdam.


The history of Darwin varieties


In addition to a large number of Dutch cultivars that have been developed over the years, the end of the 19th century also saw the introduction of targeted crosses of different tulip varieties in Great Britain. The result was the equally famous, yet rather plain-looking cottage tulips or the early flowering, small Duc van Tol tulips. The basis for the selection of the Darwin types were red-flowering cottage tulips, which the Dutch florist E. A. Krelage crossed with other suitable varieties from his 10,000 bulb collection. In addition to their extraordinary beauty, Darwin varieties captivate with their particularly strongly developed stems, some of which are 50 to 70 cm high, so that this variety became the basis for further crosses with the spring ambassadors. To this day, in addition to the Darwin tulips and Darwin hybrid tulips, an almost unmanageable variety of tulip species has been created. In 1917, a British-Dutch consortium used a classification system for the first time to classify these species. At present, they are classified according to the shape of the flowers (with subdivisions according to early, middle or late flowering time) and according to wild or hybrid tulips in 15 classes.

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