Tulip 'Ballerina'

A beautiful orange with a sweet scent – Tulip 'Ballerina' is an absolute must in my garden. It's fantastic planted with dark wallflowers or with hesperis matronalis. More
5 bulbs 260206A £4.50 In stock
15 bulbs 260206-15 £7.50 In stock
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30 bulbs 260206-30 £13.95 In stock
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60 bulbs 260206-60 £26.95 In stock
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90 bulbs 260206-90 £39.95 In stock
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A beautiful orange with a sweet scent – Tulip 'Ballerina' is an absolute must in my garden. It's fantastic planted with dark wallflowers or with hesperis matronalis.

Our tulip bulbs are the best and biggest we can find, from tried and trusted growers. Don't forget that tulips like to be planted late in October and November with the colder weather, and need a little watering if planted in pots.

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Genus Tulipa
Variety Ballerina
Type Hardy Perennial Bulb
Common Name Tulip
Bulb Size 12/+

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Soil Type Chalky, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 60cm (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 mid April - May
Vase Life Tulips make supreme cut flowers. Strip the bottom leaves, tie the stems in paper to hold the stems ram-rod 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.
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
Top tips for growing tulips

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Layering bulbs – How to make a bulb lasagne

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Delivery

Bulb Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.

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Tulip 'Ballerina' reviews

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Sandra

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Bolton

All the bulbs were excellent but especially these. Looked terrific in a rather dark part of the garden

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Reviewed 11th July 2019 by Hello Linda

Good colour, strong. Bbbb

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Reviewed 11th July 2019 by Hello Jva

They were perfect, just the colour and type I wanted

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello David

Non came up waste of money

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Anita

These have become one of my new favourites. Elegant and gorgeous.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Kate

same as above, stunted growth or blind

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Sandra

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Penny

All flowered together, all the same height, looked amazing , lasted 3 weeks!

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Denise

The tulips lived up to the brochure the colour vorveous

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Jill

Always splendid results and service excellent.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Vivienne

Absolutely gorgeous colours and I love the elegant shape

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Catherine

Service was excellent and the tulips were absolutely gorgeous. Bigger blooms than anticipated, and true to colour - orange.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Marie

These flowered fine and were the best performers.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by John

On time delivery and good quality bulbs. Great flowers.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Jane

Small flowers, do not seem as good as picture

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Mrs Mates

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Elizabeth

Fabulous display this spring and looked lovely with the other tulips purchased. I will be buying more this year to ensure another fabulous display next spring.

Beautiful and appropriate scent too

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Reviewed 5th May 2018 by David Harvey

A really beautiful tulip - vivid orange and incredibly it has a tangerine scent. Highly recommended for a blast of spring colour.

Can't be without them now....

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Reviewed 4th May 2018 by Sally

I have fallen in love with tulips and it is all down to this one! Vibrant, strong and with a beautiful scent. The pop of colour amongst the green of the spring garden is heart warming, as it the scent, indoors in a case or outside as you pass by.

Excellent returner!

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Reviewed 23rd September 2017 by J Orchard

These were gorgeous in pots, then I popped them in at the allotment for cutting in spring. On Easter day, we were amazed to find they were all in full bloom. They made a fab display for the holiday.

A beautiful tulip!

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Reviewed 27th April 2015 by Juliet Bailiff

This is the first year I've planted tulips as, until I saw your collections, I'd always thought them hard to grow!! Wow, have I been proved wrong - the Tulip Ballerina is absolutely stunning & so easy...especially for a newbie like me (your instructions were perfect)! Now I've just got to work out whether I can keep the bulbs for another year...& how!!!!!!!

Tulip ballerina

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Reviewed 23rd April 2015 by Mrs E Grebby

Have this tulip in abundance in my garden planted with black night alongside a wonderful display of lime/acid green Euphorbia Wulfinii. A beautiful display. Lots of comments from admirers.