Exterior barium yellow flamed with chrysanthemum crimson. Inside primrose yellow flamed blood red with a primrose yellow base. An excellent garden variety.
Awarded an AGM by the Royal Horticultural society (RHS) for its all round garden performance, parrot tulips make very good cut-flowers and the blooms will last quite a while in the vase.
Parrot tulips are very showy with fascinating petals and bold colours that are also often associated with parrots! Grows well in the free draining parts of the garden and is also happy in semi-shade. 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.
When planting ensure the soil is cultivated to a depth of 15cm and is free draining, in the heavier soils add grit and rotted humus material to give extra 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 8” that would also be helpful to the root development.