These Double Early tulip bulbs are often called peony -flowered tulips because their showy flowers really do resemble peonies. This brilliant mix of tulip bulbs come in bright colours that will look stunning in beds, borders and containers.
Our Double Early Mix includes three of each:
Monte Carlo Bright egg-yolk yellow blooms
Peach Blossom A peachy pink tulip; bred in 1900 and still popular
Blue Diamond Unusual purple flowers with a green base and blue edges
Exotic Emperor This double white tulip is a peony-flowered Fosteriana tulip
Abba One of the earliest and brightest double tulips with scarlet petals
Plant tulip bulbs from October to November. Plant the bulbs at a depth of at least three times their height into free draining soil in a sunny, sheltered site.
Avoid planting bulbs in soil that gets waterlogged; and on heavy soils add grit to the planting hole to prevent bulbs rotting.
Tulips are native to hot dry regions of Iran and Turkey where they thrive on very free-draining soils. The bulbs enjoy hot summer sunshine but they also need a period of winter cold to produce the best flowers.
Plant tulips in containers of gritty compost f you garden on wet, heavy soil. Plant the bulbs at a depth of at least three times the bulb’s height.
Deadhead the spent flowers to stop the bulbs from diverting energy into seed production.
Let the tulip leaves die down naturally and don’t be tempted to cut them back early. The foliage needs to absorb energy back to the bulb to ensure next years flowers.
Double tulips are often commonly called peony-flowered tulips. The tulips in this mix are characterised by their double peony-like blooms, they usually flower in April but some can still be in bloom into May.
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