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Tulip, Double Early-Flowering cultivars

Spring-Flowering Bulb

Tulipa sp. double-early flowering cultivars
Liliaceae Family

Double Early-Flowering Tulips have cup-like, thick, fully double blooms on compact plants. They may be a single color, or marked with stripes, flames, feathers, or colored margins.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil

Hardiness zones:

  • 4 to 7

Special locations:

  • outdoor containers
  • rock gardens
  • indoors as a houseplant - Can be forced inside for winter bloom.
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 0.75 to 1.5 feet

Spread: 0.25 to 0.5 feet

Bloom time: mid-spring

Flower color:

  • red
  • orange
  • yellow
  • green
  • indigo
  • violet
  • white
  • pink

Foliage color: medium green

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: upright

Shape in flower: flower stalks with flowers as cups

Blooms borne on upright flower stems.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Product of horticultural selection.
  • fragrant
Special uses:
  • cut flowers
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by division or separation - Plant the bulbs 5" beneath the soil surface in the fall. After the leaves have died back following flowering, dig up the bulbs and allow them to mature in a warm, dry location. In the fall, replant large bulbs, and place the smaller bulbs in a starting bed to mature. When enlarged, plant them in the garden.

Maintenance and care:
Remove faded flowers, and do not remove the foliage until it has yellowed and begun to die back (up to 6 weeks).

These tulips do not perform well in Zones 7 to 9. To grow in these Zones, purchase cold-treated bulbs and grow as annuals. A few cultivars are suited to perennial warmer growth.

More growing information: How to Grow Bulbs

Slugs and snails

Bulb rot
Root rot
Gray mold
‘Abba’: 1’ tall plants with bright red blooms sometimes marked with bright yellow.

‘Monte Carlo’: 8 to 10” tall plants with lightly red feathered yellow blooms.

‘Montreux’: 1’ tall plants with fragrant pale yellow blooms lightly flamed with red.

‘Oranje Nassau’: 8 to 10” tall plants with deep orange red blooms flushed with red.

‘Peach Blossom’: 8 to 10” tall, early-blooming plants with deep rosy pink blooms with white bases.

‘Schoonoord’: 8 to 10” tall plants with white blooms.

‘Viking’: 8 to 10” tall plants with deep red flamed red blooms flushed with green. The inner sides of the petals are red with yellow feathering and yellow bases.

‘Willemsoord’: 1’ tall plants with red and white striped blooms.