Tulip 'Rococo'

Tulip 'Rococo' is the earliest, frilly and dashing parrot. Great for picking and with shorter stems than other Parrots, this is perfect for pots. More
15 bulbs 260241-15 £7.50 Delivery late September
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Tulip 'Rococo' is the earliest, frilly and dashing parrot. Great for picking and with shorter stems than other Parrots, this is perfect for pots. I also plant this with my early lettuces.

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 Parrot

Cultivar with unusual fringed, curled and twisted petals. Mainly late-flowering. Stems of variable length with large flowers which can be bi-coloured. Click here for more information about tulip groups.

Variety Rococo
Type Perennial
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
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Sarah's blog: The Tulip Garden

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Tulip 'Rococo' reviews

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Susan

These tulips flowered really well and for a long period.
of time. The beautiful colour certainly brightened up my spring border. Would have no hesitation in buying them again.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

Same reason as previous item

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Anne

Great bulbs. Will buy again for next year

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Barry

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Reviewed 27th June 2019 by Clare

Bought for a friends garden. Flowered well. Lovely tulip and good size bulbs.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Jane


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Reviewed 26th April 2018 by sally

Very disappointed with these tulips - the strange petals make them look damaged and dried up not like my other beautiful tulips!


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Reviewed 27th August 2016 by Anne Wheaton

Last year I had a 'thing' about lily style tulips, but saw Rococo and thought I would have some of those as a contrast. They were amazing, so many people stopped to admire them when they showed off in full sun. Actually. I loved them just as the buds were opening. Spectacular! I have just had to order some more, can't wait for Spring.

Sarah Raven Rococo Tulip Bulbs

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Reviewed 23rd April 2015 by Noelle Poole

The Rococo Tulip bulbs had been fabulous this year. I planted them in a large pot and placed it in our South facing front garden in the Autumn The Rococo Tulips have been in full flower for the past 10 days. Loads of people walking by have stopped to admire them.


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Reviewed 29th July 2014 by Sandra Bamford

Yes WOW, grew these last year in three pots, so so pleased, along with all the other Tulips bought from you, my display was wonderful.
Bulbs great quality. Buying again this year, thank you as well for such good service.