Tulip 'Sarah Raven'

What a fantastic  tulip – with the best colour of true, rich crimson and the most elegant flower shape. More
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What a fantastic  tulip – with the best colour of true, rich crimson and the most elegant flower shape. An early flowerer too.

Four or five years ago on a visit to Holland, Sarah was shown this variety – a blend of her favourite things, lily-flowered shape and dark, rich colour – and asked if she would like it named after her. And of course she said 'Yes'!

About 15 years ago the process began of breeding this tulip – different varieties were chosen for their particular features, and then crossed again and again to create a stunning hybrid. The strongest and healthiest performer was chosen to grow on, and then 'Sarah Raven' was grown in the fields in Holland until there was a large enough crop of bulbs to offer to our customers.

For more information about this variety, watch Sarah's introductory video.

Genus Tulipa
Variety Sarah Raven
Group/Species Lily flowered

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Type Hardy Perennial Bulb
Common Name Tulip
Border Position Middle
Bulb Size 12/+

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Soil Type Chalky, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing Plant 20cm (8in) deep, 8cm apart. Layer bulbs if room is tight.
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.
Flowering mid April - May
Vase Life Tulips make supreme cut flowers. Strip the bottom leaves, tie the stems in paper and soak for 8 hrs. This helps keep the stems straight.
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
Introducing Tulip 'Sarah Raven'

Sarah introduces the tulip that she has championed in the fields of Holland over the last few years, explaining why she loves this particular tulip and...

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.

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.


Bulb Delivery - When in stock, outdoor bulbs are normally despatched within 2-3 working days. During the busy months of February and September/October, it can take up to two weeks for delivery, due to the number of orders being processed. Please note, we despatch all of our orders in the order they were placed.

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Tulip Sarah Raven its gorgeous

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Reviewed 18th April 2017 by Steven Marston

I spotted this tulip just after I had ordered my tulips for the season from a big supplier, but the colour of this one seems unique and is a beautifully velvety dark maroon colour which looks great with its lily shape. Long-lasting too- its just finished. Last week I was at Keurkenhof and did not see a tulip as nice as this. Did you breed it yourself or have you renamed a known tulip?