Tulip Parrot Estella Rijnveld is red-flamed white. Superb garden variety, originally called “Gay Presto”. Also an excellent cut flower.
Parrot tulips such as Tulip Parrot Estella Rijnveld are very showy because they have fascinating petals and bold colours that are all so often associated with parrots. Plant tulips in fertile free draining soils and in semi shade to full sun. Parrot tulips make very good cut-flowers as the blooms are long lasting in the vase. Tulips can be used in tubs, containers and garden borders.
They can of course also be used in tubs, pots and containers and put to great effect if planted in groups of 10 or more. Cultivate the soil to a depth of 20cms before planting, plant bulbs 10cms deep (upto 15cms in light/sandy soils) Soils should be free draining so in heavier soils add grit or well rotted humus matter to help with drainage. It is traditional to plant tulips in October when the ground starts to cool down. If this is a concern do not worry if you plant them earlier or later as they will still grow well.
Tulips do benefit from using bulb starter when first planting and if you can loosen the soil to a depth of 20cms that would also be helpful to the root development.
Will work really well when planted with annuals, muscari and late daffodils.
Keep tulips well fed during the growing season and remember to lift them at the end of the season. Only the big bulbs should be kept to flower for the following year.
Tulips are often treated as annuals as flowering performance the following year is never as good.
Flowering Height: 55cms (22″)
Flowering Period: May
Soil type: Fertile, well drained soils that are free draining.
Aspect: Suitable for semi shade or full sun.
Planting Depth: 15cms
Spacing: 10cms apart.
Full growing instructions provided.
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