Tulip 'Orange Emperor'

Tulip 'Orange Emperor' is superbly early, 3-4 weeks before the rest. It is brilliant for pots and one of my top favourites for early picking and for the garden. More
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Tulip 'Orange Emperor' is superbly early, 3-4 weeks before the rest. It is brilliant for pots and one of my top favourites for early picking and for the garden.

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
Group/Species Fosteriana

Early-flowering with broad leaves which can be sometimes mottled or striped. Stems medium to long. Slender flowers when closed which open to 18-20cm in full sun. Click here for more information about tulip groups.

Variety Orange Emperor
Type Perennial
Common Name Tulip
Border Position Container Garden
Bulb Size 12/+

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Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
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 March - 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

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

Sarah's favourite tulip groups

Sarah talks about her favourite types of tulip groups.

Gardening at home with Sarah | May Tulips

Sarah shares her favourite tulips for companion planting, growing in shade and pots.

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 'Orange Emperor' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Annie

Bought for cut flowers for the house. Looked sensational but I have learned that tulip flowers don't last very long

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Sandra

Beautiful orange tulips helped to bring in the spring

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Eileen

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Barbara

Stunning. Brightened up the patio in Spring.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Vivienne

See above review all my tulips were delightful

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Elizabeth

Fabulous display of Tulips, lovely colour and contrasted well with the other tulips purchased. I will buy more this year for another outstanding display next spring

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Reviewed 6th June 2019 by David

They gave an excellent show which lasted for many weeks

Simply stunning!

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Reviewed 10th April 2017 by Andrea Price

I received these tulips free with an order. I am not normally a fan of orange flowers but decided give them a try next to my wallflowers .
I am so glad I did ! They have been the stars of my spring garden so far and everyone has commented on how beautiful they are.
Thank you Sarah Raven team for the lovely free gift - and encouraging me to come out of my comfort zone colourwise. I will be buying more of these for autumn planting.

Spectacular show

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Reviewed 4th April 2017 by Ruth Dow

These tulips came as a free gift from Sarah Raven, but I would gladly pay for more.

They are flowering now, a riot of bright yellowy orange on tall straight stems, carrying elegant blooms with a paler yellowy green reverse, and, the big surprise, multi-headed. My neighbours have all commented on them.

Gorgeous coloured tulips

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Reviewed 3rd April 2017 by Debbie Hiller

I ordered these with an order for other tulips and they came free of charge so I wasn't expecting much. My goodness! How they've rewarded me for my free gift! They were the first to flower, well before the end of March. The colour is gorgeous and when the sun catches the flowers they are spectacular! Some even have 3 flower heads on one stalk! My previous favourite was Ballerina but these are now my top pick...even if they don't have any scent. I'll forgive them for that! I will definitely be buying these every year from now onwards.