Tulip 'Merlot'

It's hard to describe the uniqueness and beauty of this large-flowered, fluted tulip, carmine overlaid with crimson, slightly purple, slightly maroon. I love it. More
5 bulbs 260852A £3.95 In stock
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15 bulbs 260852-15 £8.50 In stock
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30 bulbs 260852-30 £15.95 In stock
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Or buy this as part of our Bumper Border Tulip Collection.

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It’s hard to describe the uniqueness and beauty of this large-flowered, fluted tulip, carmine overlaid with crimson, slightly purple, slightly maroon — I love it.

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 Lily flowered
Variety Merlot
Type Hardy Perennial Bulb
Common Name Tulip
Border Position 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 70cm (28in)
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
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Delivery

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

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Tulip 'Merlot' reviews

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Linda

Of all the bulbs I bought last Autumn , from different suppliers as well as you , Merlot tulips were probably the most reliably good . An even height and good quality flowers . I had big problems with other bulbs this year and was told by one of your competitors that it was because we hadn’t had sufficient cold weather last Winter .

Mary

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Reviewed 10th May 2015 by Polly Preston

Wonderful colour and erect. They are in a big pot on the north side of a pale stone wall and they provide a superb contrast with the stonework in an area of the garden which gets very little sunshine.

wine tulips

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Reviewed 23rd April 2015 by jenny

Fabulous colour. not too tall. I have these in a large pot and the dapled shade of trees casts wonderful shadows.