When Do Tulips Bloom?

Tulips (Tulipa spp.) Require a winter chill, plenty of sunlight, rich soil and appropriate planting, but reward you with abundant blooms. Tulips come in a variety of colours, sizes and flower forms, with varying blossom times. These flowers vary from ancient, late and mid-season bloomers, so tulip it is possible to delight in the beauty of the flowers from March through May.

Early-Blooming Tulips

The ancient blooming tulip varieties look in early spring. Two varieties that bloom early are just one ancient tulips and double early tulips. Single tulips bear a single flower on each 10- to 16-inch stem. The flowers vary in color from white and yellow to salmon and dark purple. This variety isn’t well-adapted to mild-winter areas, but can grow inside in pots. Double ancient tulips have short stems that bear peonylike double flowers about 4 inches wide and the exact same color range as one ancient tulips.

Late-Season Tulips

Late-season tulips offer more blossom varieties. Double and single late tulips differ from the ancient varieties; the sole blooms have an oval shape and 1 1/2- to 3-foot stems and add color from yellow and orange to mauve and maroon with contrasting margins, while double blooms are larger, up to 5 inches across and range in color from rose and white to yellow and orange. Late-season tulips also consist of Parrot group tulips, with ruffled, deeply fringed flowers; lily-flowered tulips; fringed tulips with finely fringed edges which are frequently differ in shade from the rest of the flower; also Viridiflora group tulips which are edged in green.

Mid-Season Tulips

Mid-season tulip varieties include Triumph tulips and Darwin hybrid tulips. Triumph tulips bear a single flower on a 20-inch tall stem with colours ranging from white and red to yellow and bi-colored. Darwin hybrid tulips varieties are brightly coloured flowers with stems ranging from 24 to 28 inches tall. Several Darwin hybrids are scarlet-orange to red in color and a few have penciling or contracting eyes.

Species Tulips

Species tulips blossom at different times. Fosteriana tulips are early bloomers with large flowers up to 8 inches wide on 8- to 10-inch tall stems. Colours range from orange and red to yellow and pink. Greigii tulips are mid-season bloomers using 6-inch flowers on 10-inch comes with leaves streaked heavily spotted and streaked with brown. Several Greigii tulips have more than one shade on single blossom. Species tulips are a large variety and mainly utilized in rock gardens and planted where they could remain undisturbed for many years.

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