Bold and Brilliant Tulip Collection in a Gift Box (20 bulbs)

With wonderful clarity and a brilliant, boiled sweet colour, all four tulips in this collection have the elegant shape and perenniality of the Lily-flowered group. Now available in a beautiful Sarah Raven gift box. More
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With wonderful clarity and a brilliant, boiled sweet colour, I loved this swathe of tulips glowing in the Oast Garden last spring. The contrast between the colours was uplifting whenever I walked by. All four here have the elegant shape and perenniality of the Lily-flowered group — they’re some of the best, and now available in a beautiful Sarah Raven gift box, all packed ready to give to your gardening family and friends.

This collection contains 5 bulbs each of:
Genus Tulipa
Type Hardy Perennial
Common Name Tulip
Border Position Container, Front, Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Ballerina is scented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 40-60cm (16-24in)
Spacing Plant pointy end up 10-15cm (4-6in) deep, 8cm (3in) apart. Layer bulbs to a depth of 25-30cm (10-12in) if room is tight. Remember to add plenty of grit if your soil is heavy. For containers, space bulbs 1-2cm (½-1in) apart if planting in a single layer, give them more room, 2-3cm (1-1½in) if planting in a bulb lasagne.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant outdoors October - December
Care Tips Don't plant tulip bulbs until the cold weather has set in – this helps wipe out viral and fungal diseases. Leave the browning foliage on your tulips until every leaf has died right down – this allows the bulb to store more food and increases the chances of good flowering the following year.
Flowering April - May
Vase Life Tulips make supreme cut flowers. Strip the bottom leaves, tie the stems in paper to hold them ramrod straight and leave to drink for at least 3 hours – or overnight. This helps keep the stems straight, but tulips do continue to grow after picking so curves may appear. If you prefer them bolt upright all the way through their cut flower life, poke a pin or darning needle through the stem, just below the flower and then remove the needle. This disrupts the very active area of cell division, where the main growth comes from after picking. The tulip then won’t develop a hanging head. I only do this with the whopper-headed varieties.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Advice & Videos
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Understanding the 15 different tulip groups

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A guide through the tulip trial beds at Perch Hill

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Sarah's blog: The Tulip Garden

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