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Are you a flower aficionado interested in knowing when you can get hold of the best tulips? Or a sight-seeing tourist seeking to know the right time to travel the Netherlands countryside to behold their scenic tulips fields? Or perhaps you're a gardener trying to learn more about your new-found passion. Whosoever you are, we are glad to say we have you covered. Following our thorough and extensive research, we have the answer(s) to your question.
The Tulips bloom season begins in March and ends in May. The reason for this long bloom season is because there are up to 15 varieties of tulips and they peak at three different periods. The first set of bloomers are found in early spring in late March - these tulips are known as the early season bloomers. In April, another set known as the mid-season bloomers sprouts out. The late bloomers show up during the month of May in late spring.
While that may seem like all the details you need, a further read will help understand the above details better and enlighten you more on the different times each tulips blooms.
The Early Season Tulip Bloomers
Notable among the most famous early bloomers is the Fosteriana tulips. These species of tulips, also called Emperor tulips, have flowers that are as big as 8".The average height of these species is 16". Another early bloomer is the 12" tall Double early tulips. These flowers bloom for a long period, thereby making them the favorite of many gardeners. Next, are the Single early tulips. This variety of tulips height ranges between 10" - 16".
The single and double early tulips have similar color patterns. Their colors are usually either white and yellow or salmon and purple. Though not as well-known as the rest, the Kaufmanniana tulips are also early-season bloomers.
The Mid Season Tulip Bloomers
Identifiable by their large flowers, The Darwin Hybrid tulips are one of the most popular mid-season bloomers. This group of tulips has stems as long as 28". Their flower petals are mostly orange or red. The Triumph tulips, standing tall at 20", are another mid-season bloomer. They have a single flower petal and are best known for their beautiful bicolor flowers.
The Greigii tulips, with their 10" stems and 6" flower, are also popular mid bloomers. They are notable for their long blooming period. The Viridifloral tulips are partly mid-spring bloomer. This is because sometimes they sprout in late spring. They are known as the green tulips because every Viridiflora flower petal has a touch of green on it.
The Late Season Bloomers
The Parrot tulips, defined by their ruffled flowers, are late bloomers. They are highly sought after because of their stunning color combinations. Parrot tulips are so famous in the Netherlands that they are often featured in their paint works. The Lily-flowered tulips are one of the most popular last season bloomers. They are usually used in bouquets. This is because of their beautiful flared flowers. These tulips come in predominantly white and red colors.
The double late tulips are one of the last tulips to bloom in late spring. They are known for their fine fragrance. The Single late tulips, also known as French tulips, can grow as tall as 28". They are long-lasting and are one of the last tulips flowers you will see in the garden.
How Long Do Tulips Bloom?
While they are known for their beauty, Tulips are infamous for their lack of longevity. The average Tulips bloom spans from a few days to about a month. The difference in the lifespan of tulips has more to do with the weather than any other factor. Tulips that experience weeks of cool weather followed by weeks of warm, dry weather bloom for long while tulips cultivated in wet weather barely last. This is because the first tulips came from the Middle East where a similar weather pattern helped them grow.
The type of tulips species you are growing can also decide how long they will bloom. The single late bloomers and the Greigii tulips are known for their long-lasting blooming period. Lastly, tulips grown in planters do not last as long as the ones in the ground.
Do Tulips Bloom More Than Once?
Yes, they do and no, they don't - The answer to whether tulips can bloom more than once depends on several factors. However, the major deciding factor is the health of the flower. As we have stated earlier, tulips love cool and subsequent warm weather, however, a disruptive climate pattern will likely prevent the tulips from blooming more than once.
Another thing that prevents tulips from blooming more than once is that many tulips have become annuals instead of the perennials they should be. This is because many of them are hybrid made over the past centuries. Therefore, to get tulips to rebloom, we would recommend you go for the specific type that is a perennial and keep them healthy throughout the year. However, for guaranteed blooming, we advise you simply plant fresh bulbs every year.
Do Tulips Bloom In The First Year?
Yes, tulips bloom in the first year. However, this can only happen if the flower is well looked after. This is because although tulips are plants that require little maintenance, a little disruption in soil or in climate patterns might prevent it from blooming in spring. Therefore, once the tulip bulbs are planted in the early to mid-Autumn, constant monitoring is required. If this is done religiously, your glorious bulbs will be blooming by spring.
In summary, different types of tulips bloom at different times. Hence, to get the best look for your garden plant different varieties of tulips and look after them properly
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