Last Updated On: June 17th, 2019
Learn about all the different types of tulip flowers you can plant in your spring garden.
Did you know an estimated 3 billion types of tulips are exported each year?
How can you possibly decide which type to plant in your own garden!?
From flower form to size to bloom time, a basic understanding of the different types that are available can help you choose the right one for you.
In our DIY Garden Minute Ep. 67 - "Types of Tulips" we'll teach you about 14 different types that you could plant in your spring garden.
This episode is meant for any level of gardener who wants to learn more about tulips.
(By the way, this post contains affiliate links. That means that if you click on any of the links we are promoting, we might get a small commission at no cost to you which helps us run our website and podcast).
Types of Tulip Flowers
Depending on your preference for size, shape, or color, you can find just about any kind of tulip you want.
Did you know there are 14 different types of tulips to choose from?
They differ by flower form, size, bloom time, and stem length.
And of course, there are many different colors to choose from.
Tulip Flower Types:
- Darwin Hybrids – The Bulbs
- Single Early – The Bulbs
- Single Late – The Bulbs
- Triumph – The Bulbs (general Tulips)
- Double Early and Late – The Early Bulbs and The Late Bulbs
- Fringed – The Bulbs (general Tulips)
- Fosteriana – The Bulbs (general Tulips)
- Greigii – The Bulbs (general Tulips)
- Kaufmanianna – The Bulbs (general Tulips)
- Lily Flowered – The Bulbs (general Tulips)
- Parrot – The Bulbs
- French – The Bulbs (general Tulips)
- Viridiflora – The Bulbs (general Tulips)
- Botanical or Species – The Bulbs (general Tulips)
How To Grow Tulips
Bulbs should always be planted in the fall before the threat of the first frost. The month may vary depending on where you live.
When selecting your tulips, consider their flowering times, their suitability for borders, or containers.
Finally, select your bulbs carefully and only plant healthy bulbs. Inspect bulbs for moldy areas or other signs of damage, like bulb skin discoloration, before planting them in the ground.
Tulip Planting Steps:
- Plant bulbs at least twice the bulb’s width apart (about 4-6 inches)
- Plant at a depth of two or three times the bulb's height (about 6-8 inches)
- Place the bulbs with the pointy end facing up
- For the soil, make sure you place them in sandy, well-drained soil
- Make sure they will have good sun exposure as they prefer full sun
- Water them well after planting
After they have flowered, wait until the entire plant has started to turn from healthy green to gray or brown, where it has turned brown all the way to the ground.
THEN you can cut all the brown plant pieces away and dispose in your yard waste bin or compost.
Just like for Daffodils, do it this way so each Tulip bulb can go through it's flowering cycle and then move all the nutrients and energies from its leaves back down to the bulb. If you don't do this you run a high risk of literally starving each bulb and there will be little to no spreading or adding of more bulbs underground for next year.
Also, you can cover the bulb area with 2-3 inches of mulch to keep it protected, healthy, and warm during the off-season.
Tulips For Sale
Now it's time to pick out your own tulip bulbs to plant next fall or live tulips to place in your home now!
The best part is there are so many beautiful colors, shapes, and sizes available.
The gorgeous selection of bulbs come from Eden Brothers which we recommend. The bulbs are on pre-sale now and will ship in Fall 2019.
Our beautiful selection of live tulips come from Amazon and are all prime shipping so you can receive them quickly!
Tulip Flowers Conclusion
After reading and learning about the 14 different kinds of Tulip Flowers, now what are you gonna do?
Did you see a couple you want to try?
They all look so gorgeous and amazing, it's hard to which one(s) we like!
Now we want to hear from you!
Which tulips above would you be interested in knowing more about or planting in your yard?
Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!
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- "Tulips" (Tulipa) - Sunset Magazine
- "Tulips" - RHS
- "12 Beautiful Types Of Tulips To Plant in Your Garden" - Better Homes & Gardens
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Types of Tulips
In this podcast, you'll learn about 14 different types of tulip flowers that you could plant in your garden.
What You'll Learn:
- An explanation of 14 different types of tulips out there.
- Links to buy your own tulip bulbs or live tulip plants.
Some of the resources and products below may be affiliate links, meaning we might get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.
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