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Parrot Tulip

Parrot tulips are among the craziest flowers that nature has come up with. The scientific name is Tulipa x gesneriana.

   
 
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More useful information about Parrot Tulip

And the varieties of these flower bulbs are stable, which means they bloom the same every spring, and show up reliably in the colours and shapes depicted in the catalogue. Not that the flowers of these tulip hybrids would look completely identical to those in the photos. A bit of imagination they kept themselves and each parrot tulip will be unique in the garden due to its markings and the shape of the petals.
 

They are beautiful when withered

Parrot tulips bloom quite late in the spring and they usually open starting in May. Basically, there are always unfilled, cup-shaped and very large tulip flowers. These then become bizarre shapes with ruffles and slits. Each flower reaches a good ten centimetres in diameter, and when fully open, the petals each seem to grow before they finally wither decadently in a very picturesque way.  At this stage they are particularly fond of being captured by flower painters in a still life of transience. These are also a popular subject for amateur photographers. Particularly popular are the white-green types such as  'Madonna', with which extremely elegant flower beds and balcony containers can be designed. The classic combination is with a sea of blue forget-me-nots, with which they are most likely to come into their own. They also look great together with various other flowers such as lady's mantle, perennial candytuft or soapwort. They are also very nice in combination with purple dalmatian bellflowers. A combination of white Madonna parrot tulips with their yellow sisters, the 'Yellow Madonna', is also gorgeous. These two have the same growth form and they are also idential in terms of foliage, except that some have white and the others have yellow as the base colour. A very nice combination! If you like blooms in the spring, you will love the parrot tulip 'Amazing Parrot'. This has very extravagant magenta and orange mixed flowers with tropical-looking colour gradients. Even this eye-catcher is best brought to bear on a plain-coloured sea of ​​forget-me-not flowers. In larger pots on a balcony or at the entrance to a house, you can conjure up an extraordinary eye-catcher with these colourful tulips.

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The history of parrot tulips

These ruffled, quirky, irregularly slotted and sometimes crumpled tulip flowers have been created by chance. No breeder would have deliberately allowed crossings of such absurd works. Rather, it is viruses and other diseases that sometimes cause the most bizarre mutations in tulips. Because of such crazy tulip mutations, there was a big tulip boom in Holland in the 17th century, when many speculators lost all of their wealth. Today's varieties are a bit reminiscent of this crazy time because of their extravagant appearance. The most extreme flower forms were created because of sick bulbs, and since they were so weak, the most beautiful of them were also extremely rare. But do not worry: the bulbs available today are all free of viruses and diseases.

Planting and care

The bulbs of these tulips should be as large as possible, because the bigger the bulb, the bigger the flowers become. Every single bulb needs to be carefully planted. In somewhat heavy and rather wet garden soils, it is good to dig the hole a little bit larger and add a soil of sand. These flower bulbs are very sensitive to waterlogging in both the garden and in a pot. Therefore, before planting in case of doubt, dig in some sand and permeable compost. In normal, humus and loose garden soils a hole with the depth of ten to 15 centimetres is sufficient for each bulb, rather more in cooler areas. The distance between the individual flower bulbs should be 10 to 20 centimetres. The parrot tulips are best displayed in loose, somewhat irregular groups.

Enough food and sometimes water

Care should be taken to ensure that these tulips are looked after well. They need enough food and can be regularly supplied with some liquid universal fertiliser during growth. During flowering, they should also have enough water. This means that you have to water the parrot tulips in the garden. After the flowers, the bulbs are exhausted and they should then be fertilised again, so that they gain strength for the next year. Basically, they can then die back into the ground and stay in the bed for the summer. However, they are by nature not very durable. Usually, they tire after a few years and are then replaced each time the flowers become smaller and paler. When growing parrot tulips in a pot, it is best to take them out after flowering, so that the pot is free for the summer planting. Then the bulbs in the garden bed can still be provisionally planted in the background to feed them there for a few weeks, where they do not disturb the view too much. Once the foliage has completely retracted, you can dig them out and store them in a dark and dry place until autumn. With good care, you can usually reuse them for several years. But often and especially in large gardens and parks, the bulbs of these tulips and in fact almost all tulip bulbs are bought new every year, because only then is it guaranteed that they will deliver their show reliably in the original size and luminosity.

Enemies of the parrot tulips

The biggest enemy of this tulip is the mole. The bigger and juicier the bulbs, the more they seem to be eaten. In contrast, only one thing helps: plant them in wire baskets. In addition, parrot tulips have a second notorious enemy and that's grey mould. Here you have to be careful in the garden at the planting site that they are never exposed to waterlogging. In pots, excess water must be able to drain off. Otherwise, this tulip has no more enemies in the garden than other tulips too. It should simply have humus, fairly loose soil, a sunny location, enough food and water, but not too much of the latter. Some affectionate attention is attached to flower bulbs of this size and with such extravagant colours as well.

Support or not to support

Parrot tulips bear large, heavy flowers, and because they thrive on up to 60 centimetres long, rather thin stems, they have the property that the stems bend under the weight of the flowers. In the garden in windy situations, they sometimes even break. This means that you should always plant them in the garden and on the balcony in a spot that is as sheltered as possible. If necessary, you must also attach the individual stems to small bamboo sticks so that they do not kink. In the vase, however, it is desirable that the stems bend like snakes and create funny sites. It is important that you do not intervene correctively. As soon as you try to move around the naturally created image, the petals fall down and the magic is gone. Also, the effect of the best florist's hand never reaches the natural phantasy images, which these lively tulips conjure up on their own. So hand's off and just be amazed!

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