15 bulbs 260204-15 £8.95 Delivery late September
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30 bulbs 260204-30 £16.95 Delivery late September
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Or buy this as part of our Apricot Beauty Tulip Mix and Baroque Tulip Collection.

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A subtle beauty, washed with silver on the outside and apricot within. Very long-flowering.

'Apricot Beauty' works brilliantly with spring-flowering herbaceous plants, hellebores, Solomon seal, and blue forget-me-nots or cynoglossom.

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 Single Early

Single flowered cultivars, these have cup-shaped flowers approx 7.5cm wide and are some of the earliest to flower. Click here for more information about tulip groups.

Variety Apricot Beauty
Type Perennial (grown as an annual)
Common Name Tulip
Border Position Container Garden
Bulb Size 12/+

For more info on bulb sizes, click here.

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
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
Gardening at home with Sarah | Tulips at Perch Hill

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Sarah's weekly blog: Vintage colour combinations

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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.

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 'Apricot Beauty' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Charlwood

Lovely colour with strong stems

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Reviewed 16th July 2019 by Hello Deborah

Brilliant catalogue with helpful description. Website was easy to use & bulbs came nicely packed with excellent planting instructions. Very happy with everything purchased & have recommended to friends.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Naomi

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Reviewed 27th June 2019 by Mrs Dix

these tulips all flowered and lasted several weeks

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Caroline

I grow Apricot Beauty in a knee high hollow wall. Big impactful flowers that look good with white honesty, forget-me-nots and late narcissi. They also look ok with deep reds. This year's batch from Sarah Raven did not disappoint. I have lifted them and some will be replanted in a pot for next year.

Excellent cut flowers

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Reviewed 9th May 2018 by Rachael Oxbury

Great, high quality bulbs which have flowered well in the garden - they are still going strong after 5 weeks! They are excellent as cut flowers with fabulous long, strong stems. A beautiful, soft, delicate colour with huge flower heads. Very impressed.

stunning tulips

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Reviewed 1st May 2017 by Paddy Ellis

These are the most beautiful tulips i have ever grown and have been admired by many passers by.
Tall with Very large flowers and a most unusual colour. I will be buying more next year.


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Reviewed 28th April 2015 by Chris Mauduit

I bought 15 bulbs of the Apricot Beauty. I kept 7 and sent the remained to my brother-in-law in Harrogate. We both planted them up in November in sizeable pots. Between us just 4 flowered and the others had no buds at all. I can't think that we both got it wrong but on this showing my rating of one star is actually quite generous.

Sorry not to have been more positive, I would have attached a photo if I could.

Kind regards,
Chris Mauduit

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Hi Chris,

Thank you for leaving a review. We are so sorry to hear that so few of your bulbs have flowered. Please do get in touch with our Customer Service team and they will be happy to help further.

Kind Regards,
The Sarah Raven Team"

Posted 30th April 2015

Premium size/healthy/quality bulbs

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Reviewed 17th November 2014 by Anna Smith

What else is there to say....you don't get this quality/value in local garden centers .... And certainly not in 'mainstream' bulb online outlets in my experience.


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Reviewed 11th August 2014 by sophie

Gorgeous, tall elegant beauties. These tulips lasted really well outside and looked amazing in our garden for a long time. Unexpectedly the couple I cut for indoors had a lovely spicy, honeyed scent to them