Tulip 'Couleur Cardinal'

Sophisticated and supremely elegant red-crimson petals with a plum-like, silvery sheen. Tulip 'Couleur Cardinal' is invaluable for being early and excellent in pots More
15 bulbs 261101-15 £8.50

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Sophisticated and supremely elegant red-crimson petals with a plum-like, silvery sheen. This was one of Vita Sackville-West's favourite tulips and there are still lots at Sissinghurst.

I am a big fan of the Single Early group of tulips. They have neat, yet robust flowers with delicate feathering on the outside and a silvery tinge to their leaves and I love the fact they are early.

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Genus Tulipa
Group/Species Single Early

Single flowered cultivars, these have cup-shaped flowers approx 7.5cm wide and are some of the earliest to flower. Click here for more information about tulip groups.

Variety Couleur Cardinal
Type Perennial (grown as an annual)
Border Position Container Garden
Bulb Size 11/12

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Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 30cm (12in)
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 tulips until mid-late October. Plant pointy end up 10-15cm deep, 8cm apart in borders (less in containers). You can use a mycorrhizal Bulb Starter. After flowering leave the foliage to die back naturally if you want to reuse the bulbs.
Flowering April
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
Protecting tulips from pests

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Sarah's favourite tulip groups

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Gardening at home with Sarah | May Tulips

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Gardening at home with Sarah | The best tulips at Perch Hill

In our latest video, Sarah shares her favourite tulips for picking, pots, borders and grass.

Gardening at home with Sarah | Tulips at Perch Hill

Watch as Sarah discusses her favourite varieties currently growing in the gardens at Perch Hill.

Planting numbers for bulbs in borders

A handy guide for how many alliums, narcissi, tulips, snowdrops and other bulbs to plant in your plot.

How to plant and grow tulips

Find out the best way to plant your tulip bulbs for a great display next spring.

How to plant tulips using a traditional bulb planter

On a particularly blustery autumn day in October, Sarah shows you how to plant tulips with a bulb planter.

How to grow tulips in container pots

Sarah shows you a few different ideas and techniques for planting tulips in container pots, for beautiful spring displays in your garden.

Understanding the 15 different tulip groups

The full list of the different tulip groups, with a little specification, as well as an example. We hope from this you can learn a bit more to help...

A guide through the tulip trial beds at Perch Hill

Sarah guides you through the new tulip varieties she is trialling from her most recent trip to the Netherlands (Hortus Bulborum, Keukenhof). She...

Sarah's blog: The Tulip Garden

We had our first light frost this morning, which has made me start thinking about planting tulips...


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Tulip 'Couleur Cardinal' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Wendy

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Reviewed 24th July 2019 by Hello Ann

The first four that flowered were pure white and not Cardinal.

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Reviewed 17th July 2019 by Hello Wendy

Lovely large bulbs producing strong flowers. I generally purchase bulbs from my local garden centre at a lower price point, but having tried these I can certainly see that it's worth spending a little extra.

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Reviewed 13th July 2019 by Hello Janice

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Sharon

A lovely display this Spring

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Phyllis

The plants arrived on time, they were strong & healthy. When I had a problem many weeks later with one variety & inquired what the problem was, they replied very quickly & repaid me for them. I am so pleased & greatly admire the Sarah Raven Co. & would recommend them to anyone.

Deep deep red

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Reviewed 23rd September 2017 by J Orchard

This is a gorgeous tulip - so glad to see it is available again. Such a deep rich red, and it seems darker red inside. It is still coming back in pots - third year in a row now.