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
15 bulbs 260234-15 £6.50 In stock
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30 bulbs 260234-30 £11.95 In stock
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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.

Genus Tulipa
Group/Species Fosteriana
Variety Orange Emperor
Type Hardy Perennial Bulb
Common Name Tulip
Border Position Front, Middle
Bulb Size 12/+

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Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Heavy Clay, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
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 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 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
Planting numbers for bulbs in borders

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Layering bulbs – How to make a bulb lasagne

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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.