15 bulbs 260979-15 £11.50 Delivery late September
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30 bulbs 260979-30 £21.95 Delivery late September
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Or buy this as part of our Tapestry Tulip Collection in a Gift Box (40 bulbs) and Tapestry Tulip Collection.

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Weird and yet magnificent, more like a globe artichoke than a tulip. Tulip 'Purple Tower' looks brilliant in a vase.

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Genus Tulipa
Group/Species Fringed

Single-flowered cultivars, petals edged with crystalline fringes, flowering mid-season or late. Stems of variable length. Click here for more information about tulip groups.

Variety Purple Tower
Type Perennial (grown as an annual)
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 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
Sarah's blog: The Tulip Garden

We had our first light frost this morning, which has made me start thinking about planting tulips...

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...

Delivery

Bulb Delivery - When in stock, please allow 2-3 days for despatch.

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Tulip 'Purple Tower' reviews

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Reviewed 20th January 2021 by Jill

Not sure yet as not come up

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Reviewed 31st December 2020 by Mrs Fenwick

The bulbs were good quality but it remains to be seen how they grow and flower. They arrived soon after order placed

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Reviewed 18th December 2020 by Caroline

See above - very disappointed

Unexpected beauty

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Reviewed 20th May 2016 by Alison

I actually bought this as part of the Tapestry Collection but it's worth its own review! This tulip is wonderfully long-lasting in the garden and it actually starts off green and slowly develops a lush purple crown over time. I planted alliums to follow on from my tulips, and 'Purple Tower' is still around and looking gorgeous, complimenting the big purple pom poms!