Tulip 'Tambour Maitre'

Tulip 'Tambour Maitre' is vastly tall and has huge flowers to match in the most incredible texture and colour, the base a rich red with an overlying touch of smoky crimson. Truly magnificent. More
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On a trip to the Dutch tulip fields this spring one of the colours I was looking out for was a deep satin red. I found Tulip 'Tambour Maitre' picked out from a field of 400 varieties.

Tulip 'Tambour Maitre' is vastly tall and has huge flowers to match in the most incredible texture and colour, the base a rich red with an overlying touch of smoky crimson. Truly magnificent.

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 Triumph

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Variety Tambour Maitre
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 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 1 week for delivery.

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Tulip 'Tambour Maitre' reviews

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Exactly what a tulip should be !

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Reviewed 22nd May 2016 by Jo Harrison

Of all the vast number of varieties I fell for last autumn, this is my favourite. Next year I will be ordering more of these. To me it represents everything a tulip should be. The red satin petals, darkening towards the base of the flower look stunning against the lawn and garden behind which is very lush and spring green this May.