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Types of Tulips and their Different Flowers.

Types of Tulip

There are many different flower and growth types in the Tulip range - each with differing flower shapes and general habits of growth. Tulips can be grown to flower from early spring - late winter even - though to the first few days of summer.

There are strict classifications of tulips - changed over the years. This types we outline or more 'descriptive' than enthusiastically correct. Tulip anoraks please forgive!

Whatever the type of Tulip that turns you on, one thing is sure. You will be pleased with the vibrant colours of the garden hybrids and intrigued by the subtlety of the lesser known species Tulips.



Tulip Flower Types

can be classed as:

Single Cup-Shaped Tulips

Single Early Tulips fall into this category.

The Triumph Tulip Group

The Triumph Tulip Group of tulips are the largest group of the singe cup-shaped blooms. The large varieties of cultivars, colectively display the whole spectrum of colours.

The Triumph group of Tulips are easy growing, best planted in full sun, with rich fertile well drained soil. Their long sturdy stems withstanding adverse weather conditions growing upto 45cm tall.

Ideally planted in the autumn time, late September to early November, plant the bulbs in groups for the best colourful effect come flowering time in mid to late spring. These easy growing bulbs can be grown in flower beds, boarders or containers.

The Triumph Tulip Group of tulips are the largest group of the singe cup-shaped blooms. The large varieties of cultivars, colectively display the whole spectrum of colours.

The Triumph group of Tulips are easy growing, best planted in full sun, with rich fertile well drained soil. Their long sturdy stems withstanding adverse weather conditions growing upto 45cm tall.

Ideally planted in the autumn time, late September to early November, plant the bulbs in groups for the best colourful effect come flowering time in mid to late spring. These easy growing bulbs can be grown in flower beds, boarders or containers.


Darwin Hybrid Tulips

What are Darwin Hybrid Tulips?

As the name suggests, hybrid - means the crossing of 2 species, 'Darwin Tulips' and 'Fosteriana Tulips'.

Why would someone do this?

Merging or crossing 2 species means the strengths of each are usually retained and the weakness are removed. In this case the Darwin Hybrid has a 'Taller Stem', a 'Stronger Stem', 'Bigger and more Showie Flowers', a 'classic tulip shape', broad at the base and slightly narrower at the top, and finally, 'The Colours' and 'Patterns'. Making this the most popular and the largest Tulip family.

Darwin Hybrid Tulips are cup shaped single tulips with more elongated flowers. The Darwin Hybrid Tulips generally have much larger flower heads, this is why they are amongst the most popular of the varieties.

Are Darwin hybrid tulips perennial?

How do you plant Darwin hybrid tulips?

Do hybrid tulips multiply?

Rembrandt Tulips

Rembrandt Tulips - so named because of the viral splashes of contrasting colours that are visible on the outer petals.

Double Early Tulips

Double Bowl-shaped Tulips.

The Double Early types have so many petals that they form into a bowl rather than cup-shaped bloom.

The Late Double Early Tulips

The Late Double Early tulips - like their Double Early forerunners are with short stems and so suited for bedding schemes. Sometimes referred to as Peony flowered tulips - not without good reason.

Goblet Shaped Tulips

Goblet Shaped Tulips.

Old fashioned - but the still popular Darwin Tulips are the mainstay of public parks bedding schemes.

Cottage Tulips

Cottage Tulips - marginally different to the Darwins - always a popular choice. Both are good bedding tulips owing to the flower size, which is more sustainable in the windy weather.

Lily-flowered Tulips

The other mainstay of the Goblet shaped tulips are the Lily-flowered Tulips. Similar to the above - but with pronounced pointed petals - often curved outwards.

Fringed-Petal Tulips

Fringed-Petal Tulips are a group to themselves. Similar to the cup shapes but with frilly petals.

Star-Shaped Tulips

Star-Shaped Tulips.

Star shaped tulips are normally found in the 'Botanical Species' section, and are often unlike the 'normal tulips that we know (Wait for the indignant emails!) They are often bi-coloured or at least splashed with contrasting or complimentary colours.

Parrot Tulips

Parrot Tulips.

The ostentatious Parrot Tulips are often classed in the cup-shaped division. Most are so open and floppy that they can hardly be classed as 'cups'.

Kaufmanniana Tulips

Kaufmanniana Tulips.

These are the rockery and selected places type of tulip. Many different forms - but almost always dwarf.

Greigii Tulips

Greigii Tulips.

Tulipa Red Riding Hood - ever popular with its scarlet blooms and striped foliage are often sold or referred to as Kaufmmaniana Tulips. They are not. They  belong to the T. greigii group. In most respects they have the growth habits of the Kaufman however.

This is just the start - or end - of the classification of tulip flower types, for within all of these shapes there are many variations. 

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