Tulip 'Gorilla'

You have to select your fringed tulips very carefully, as with too many colours they look fussy, too busy for their own good, but not this one. More
15 bulbs 261113-15 £7.95 In stock
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30 bulbs 261113-30 £14.95 In stock
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You have to select your fringed tulips very carefully, as with too many colours they look fussy, too busy for their own good but not this one, classy, unusual and brilliant for frothing things up with other darks. You have to ignore its name!

This can be gift wrapped in our exclusive hessian sack, with ribbon and a Sarah Raven gift card. You will be able to add this to your basket once you begin the checkout process. To add a gift message to your order, simply fill out the details at the delivery stage of the checkout.

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Genus Tulipa
Group/Species Fringed

Single-flowered cultivars, petals edged with crystalline fringes, flowering mid-season or late. Stems of variable length. Click here for more information about tulip groups.

Variety Gorilla
Type Hardy Perennial Bulb
Common Name Tulip
Border Position Container, Front, Middle
Bulb Size 12/+

For more info on bulb sizes, click here.

Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Heavy Clay, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 50cm (20in)
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 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.
Harvesting Flowers in April and May
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
Planting numbers for bulbs in borders

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

Top tips for growing tulips

Sarah shares her top tips for growing tulips successfully, from how deep to plant them to what sort of soil you should use. 

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...

Sarah's favourite tulip groups

Sarah talks about her favourite types of tulip groups.

Protecting tulips from pests

Protect your tulips this spring from their main pests. This short guide shows you how to avoid tulip fire and squirrels.

How to plant and grow tulips

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

Layering bulbs – How to make a bulb lasagne

Create beautiful flower displays in your spring pots with Sarah's guide to layering bulbs in a bulb lasagne.

Delivery

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

Click here to find out more information about our delivery rates and times.

Tulip 'Gorilla' reviews

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Reviewed 12th July 2019 by Hello Janet

I waited a long time for my plants - about three months and only one of them is flourishing. They have all had the same treatment, planting and watering etc.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Naomi

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Jenny

Enormous healthy bulbs. Flowered for a long period.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Linda

Bulbs arrived in very good condition, well packed.. all of the tulips I have had this year from Sarah have been absolutely beautiful, far better ranges than I have seen at local garden centres and with more information before you buy of flower size and shape. These were particularly tall, and elegant and a fabulous colour.