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Tulipa whittallii is a truly beautiful tulip, in the deepest coppery orange. Rare and unusual, yet easy and reliable to grow. I've had this growing from the same batch of bulbs for fifteen years now in my garden.

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 Species

Perennial species, also known as Botanical Tulips. Smaller and more delicate than modern hybrids, but normally very hardy and long-lived. Click here for more information about tulip groups.

Variety orphanidea
Type Hardy Perennial Bulb
Common Name Tulip
Border Position Front
Bulb Size 5/6

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Soil Type Chalky, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 25cm (10in)
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 April
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
The history of the tulip

Did you know that the Tulip was actually originally a wild flower growing in Central Asia?

Arthur's favourite tulip selection

My very first visit to Perch Hill (several years ago now) was in April, the boom time of Sarah’s garden...

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.

Planting numbers for bulbs in borders

A handy guide for how many alliums, narcissi, tulips, snowdrops and other bulbs to plant in your plot.

Top tips for growing tulips

Sarah shares her top tips for growing tulips successfully, from how deep to plant them to what sort of soil you should use. 

Sarah's favourite tulip groups

Sarah talks about her favourite types of tulip groups.

How to plant and grow tulips

Find out the best way to plant your tulip bulbs for a great display next spring.

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...

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.


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Tulip orphanidea (Whittallii Group) reviews

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Fiona

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

Complete failure, reported to Wisley who considered that poor storage had caused fungal rot.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Loren

Fabulous, well packaged and in good time

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Joan

They looked very bright and fresh in the Spring and being small don’t flop or fall over. They also pick up on a picture I have on my kitchen wall of the same tulip.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Anita

They flowered brilliantly and lasted ages while looking stunning. I'm looking forward to seeing them do the same next year.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Carole

Iv bought variety of minature tulips and daffodills had many comments how beautiful they were and perfumed as well. Your bulbs gave many people cherefulness just like the beautiful bulb. Will be back for more in the auturm. These were all good quality bulbs and gave us many months of pleasure.

Very Attractive

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Reviewed 5th May 2015 by Jean Robinson

Pretty colour, look delicate but have withstood the strong winds and rain and given a lovely display.