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Double Tulip

Gefüllte Tulpen Frühlingsblumen Lubera

At first glance, double tulips look almost like roses or peonies, and you have to look twice to see if these plants really are tulips.

   
 
Double Tulip 'Angélique'

Tulipa 'Angélique'

£5.40 *

Double Tulip 'Black Hero'

Tulipa 'Black Hero'

£6.90 *

Double Tulip 'Carnaval de Nice'

Tulipa 'Carnaval de Nice'

£4.90 *

Double Tulip 'Exotic Emperor'®

Tulipa 'Exotic Emperor'®

£3.50 *

Double Tulip 'Orange Princess'

Tulipa 'Orange Princess'

£7.40 *

   
 

More useful information about Double Tulip

At second glance, however, the typical stamens of the tulips are clearly visible, and the dull grey-green foliage is another distinguishing feature. But the visual relationship of the double tulips with roses and peonies is reflected in the colloquial name. Early tulips are called rose tulips. And late, double varieties are commonly called peony tulips. Both the rose and the peony tulips are noble flowers. These plants have relatively large and usually also very fragrant flowers, which are are sensitive to rain and wind. They are real divas who want to be pampered accordingly.
 

Red & white favourites

One of the best-known Dutch garden tulip designers, the garden and landscape architect Jacqueline van der Kloet, likes to work with the red-white flamed tulip 'Carnaval de Nice'. In her books on bulbous flowers, these eye-catching beauties appear again and again, as well as in the famous gardens of the world, where van der Kloet creates flower bulb displays, such as at the Ippenburg Castle or at the famous Dutch flower bulb parks Keukenhof, de Efteling and Artis Zoo, but also in the botanical garden in Gütersloh and the Count's Park in Bad Driburg. She has also enchanted gardens and parks with her flower bulb arrangements in the United States and Japan. Tulipa 'Carnaval de Nice is a sophisticated tulip which blooms year after year in flower beds. It needs a sunny location with fertile soil and good drainage. Incidentally, these tulips are beautifully presented with pheasant's eye daffodils or together with other red tulips.

A tribute to the historic 'Angelique'

Gefüllte Tulpen Blumenzwiebeln LuberaA typical peony tulip is the popular romantic tulip 'Angelique' with its up to 12 centimetres large, heavy, soft rose, double flowers. The petals run towards the edge in a lighter shade, which emphasises the spring grace. The flowers of these bulbs stand on very tight, solid stems that do not bend under the weight of their pretty load. However, they can simply bend in the wind. In vases, 'Angelique' is a sensation! Even just a single flower conjures up a wonderful picture in the room and the fragrance is wonderful. This historic variety was awarded an Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in 1999, and in 2004 was even named Flower Bulb of the Year. 'Angelique' is best combined with the almost black tulip 'Black Hero', which is also one of the late, double tulips. Regarding their shape, the two plants are very similar and they bloom at the same time. The almost black accompaniment enhances the delicate pink of 'Angelique' even better, and reversed, the light colour also emphasises the black. The low dainty lady's mantle (Alchemilla epipsila) or the white forget-me-not form a beautiful contrasting carpet of flowers for this dream pair.

Location and care of Double Tulips

Double tulips need a sunny spot and loose, rich, nutrient-rich soil. If the soil is a bit lean, before planting use some compost and also for the rather hungry double tulips, work in some horn shavings. Good drainage is also important because these tulip bulbs are just like most flower bulbs: they are prone to grey mould. If the soil is a bit wet, then the planting hole should be dug a little deeper and a layer of sand should first be placed on the ground. Then put the individual bulbs carefully on the sand bed, with the shoot tip up, and fill the hole with loose soil and some compost. The planting depth for double tulip bulbs is about 12 to 15 centimetres. The distance between the individual flower bulbs should be 15 to 20 centimetres. It may be a little less for the smaller and lower growing varieties. They look best in loose groups, whereby even smaller and larger varieties can be combined very well. It is also worthwhile to play with early and late varieties and to combine them in such a way that the bloom duration is prolonged altogether.

What we cannot repeat often enough when gardening with double tulips is this: these breeds are really sensitive to wetness. Rain destroys the flowers and sometimes even the plants, and they even struggle to tolerate wind. Double tulips grow beautifully when protected under a canopy or as described below in a large container under the canopy at a house entrance. In such locations, the fragrance of these magical plants can develop best. But as soon as they have to stand around outside in the garden unprotected in the rain, not only are the flowers gone, also the scent is literally washed out.

Early varieties

These bulb flowers, also known as rose tulips, bloom in the middle of spring and last quite a long time. Their flowers are about 7 centimetres wide and have the open shape of a bowl. The colours vary from white to many pinks to dark purple. Depending on the variety, double early tulips grow from just 15 centimetres to about 45 centimetres high. The leaves are 10 to over 30 centimetres long. The bulbs of these low-growing tulips are also ideal for planting in balcony boxes and flower pots.

Late varieties

These are also called peony-flowered tulips, as their heavily filled flowers look like peony flowers at first glance. Like their early relatives, they are decorated with bowl-shaped flowers. However, these are up to 12 centimetres in diameter. They are available in the colours white to pink to purple. Some varieties have a different colour or flamed pattern. Their leaves are 10 to 40 centimetres long and the flower stalks can reach a height of up to 60 centimetres. Some varieties, however, are only 30 centimetres high. These less tall varieties are also suitable for growing in containers. The double, late tulips bloom towards the end of spring, from May and into June. They are also called peony-flowered tulips because they compete with peonies for the attention of the observer.

Growing in pots

In pots and containers, double tulips come into their own. For a larger pot, it is recommended to combine a dozen early-flowering and late-flowering types. It is important that a permeable substrate is used. A mixture of universal soil and potting soil is suitable. Alternatively, garden soil can be mixed with sand and compost. When using big pots, a drainage layer should first be filled. Then line with felt and afterwards follow with a substrate. These tulips always need dry feet and it is also important that the pots do not stand in water-covered saucers. If necessary, dump them after a rainy period. It is even better for the tulips when the pots and containers are placed on feet. They also need enough nutrients when grown in pots and regular liquid fertiliser should be applied during the growth phase.

In the garden

Combining and designing displays with these tulips is especially enjoyable. This is because these lush points of colour invite you to implement your own creative ideas. Especially pretty is the mixture of the popular soft pink Tulipa 'Angelique' with the almost black 'Black Hero'. 'Black Hero' is probably the second most famous tulip besides 'Angelique'. Together, the two form an absolute dream couple in a flower bed as well as in a container.

In vases

These tulips are also very popular in floristry. Especially in combination with blueberry twigs or thin hazel or willow branches, they look pretty. But even a single, particularly well-filled flower from the garden brings joy in a vase. A single branch in the Japanese Ikebana manner is a perfect accompaniment to this so that a unique piece of art can be designed with simple means. As with all tulips in a vase, it makes sense not to give the double tulips too much water. If they are in too much water, they will continue to grow in the vase. With their rigid straight stems, this is not advantageous - in contrast to the parrot tulips, whose soft stems bend interestingly when growing, this is not a good option for double tulips. Therefore, there should not be too much water in the vase. If the tulips only have about five inches of water that is changed regularly, they also last much longer. Double tulips, like the parrot tulips, have the property of withering. If you do not touch them at this late stage, they will remain for days as transient sculptures. In this form, they are also a popular subject for amateur photographers and flower painters.

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