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Lily-Flowered Tulips

Lily-Flowered Tulips, Spring Bulbs, Spring Flowers

Lily-Flowered Tulips, Spring Bulbs, Spring Flowers, Tulip Ballade,Tulip Ballerina,Tulip China Pink,Tulip Mariette,Tulip May Time,Tulip West Point,Tulip Yonina,Tulip Marilyn, Late spring tulip

What makes Lily-Flowered Tulips different from other tulip varieties are their slender flowers with often pointed, recurving petals. The flower stems are thin and not very sturdy, making them susceptible to wind damage. Most bloom in late spring, and a few in mid-spring. Some make good cut flowers; others are fragrant. But all are incredibly beautiful and should be considered in your seasonal plantings.

  • Blooming in the late spring garden, they provide an elegant and graceful display when swaying in the spring breeze!
  • Growing up to 16-24 inches tall (40-60 cm), plant these beauties in a wind-protected location where they will create dazzling harmonies with other late-season flowering bulbs.
  • They perform best in full sun, in rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Prefer areas with cool winters and warm, dry summers.
  • Easy to grow, these tulips are welcomed additions to beds, borders, and containers. For best visual impact, plant in groups (at least 10 to 15 bulbs) or mix them with other flowering bulbs.
  • To be planted in fall.
  • Tulips contain toxic glycosides, making them deer or rodent resistant. They are toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, and toxic to horses.
  • All tulip parts may cause severe discomfort following ingestion and may cause an allergic skin reaction. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling.

A symbol of spring, tulips are the most popular spring bulbs; most gardeners reserve them a spot in the garden or in containers. Grown for their attractive, vibrantly colored flowers, there are currently over 3,000 registered varieties, divided into fifteen groups, mostly based on the tulip’s flower type, size, and blooming period.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Genus Tulipa
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 4" (10cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Depth 7" (18cm)
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Patio And Containers, Edging, Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

Fabulous Lily-flowered Tulip Cultivars

Tulipa ‘Aladdin’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Aladdin’s Record’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Ballade Dream’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Ballade’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Burgundy’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘China Pink’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Dyanito’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Elegant Lady’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Fly away’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Greenstar’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Jacqueline’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Lilac Time’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Lilyrosa’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Mariette’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Marilyn’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Maytime’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Mona Lisa’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Pretty Woman’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Purple Dream’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Red Shine’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Virichic’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘White Triumphator’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Yonina’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)

Growing Tips

When to Plant: Tulip bulbs should be planted in the fall, 6 to 8 weeks before a hard frost is expected. This is usually during September and October in the Northern Hemisphere.

Choosing Bulbs: Select plump, firm bulbs. Avoid any that are soft, damaged, or show signs of mold.

Preparing the Soil: Tulips prefer well-drained soil. If the soil is heavy clay, add compost or peat moss to improve drainage. A slightly acidic to neutral pH is best.

Planting the Bulbs: Dig holes or a trench if planting in a row, to a depth of about three times the height of the bulb. A good rule of thumb is to plant the bulb 8 inches (20 cm) deep. Place the bulbs with the pointed end up and flat, wider part down.

Spacing: If you’re planting more than one bulb, space them about 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm) apart for large bulbs or 1 to 2 inches apart for smaller ones. The more space, the larger the bulbs will grow.

Watering: After planting, water thoroughly. Tulips need water to trigger growth.

Sunlight: Plant the bulbs in an area that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight each day.

Fertilizer: During the growing season, inorganic fertilizers are the best choice since they contain the exact proportions and concentrations of nutrients. They also dissolve easily so that plants can absorb them more efficiently. Be careful not to apply too much inorganic fertilizer; excessively rapid growth results in weak plants that are then more vulnerable to diseases and pests. Applying too much fertilizer can also burn plants. Flower bulbs being used for perennial displays and for naturalizing in borders and beneath shrubs will benefit from a weekly application of a potassium-rich liquid fertilizer just as their noses become visible in spring. Feeding can be stopped once leaves begin to yellow and die back.

Care After Flowering: After the tulips bloom, cut off the flower stem but leave the leaves until they yellow and wither. This allows the plant to store energy for next year’s bloom.

Replacing Bulbs: Tulip bulbs don’t always re-flower after their first year (especially hybrids). For a sure show each spring, many gardeners treat them as annuals and plant fresh bulbs each fall.

Pests: Watch out for pests such as rodents, which can eat the bulbs. If pests are a problem in your area, consider planting the bulbs in a wire cage buried in the ground.

Remember that while tulips are beautiful, they can be toxic if ingested, and the bulbs can cause skin irritation. Handle with care and keep away from pets and children.

Discover These Helpful Guides for Further Reading

12 Top Performing Spring Bulbs that Come Back Year After Year!
Combining Tulips with Annuals and Perennials
Tulip Types

Recommended Companion Plants

Viola x wittrockiana (Pansy)
Narcissi (Daffodils)
Allium (Ornamental Onion)
Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)
Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss)
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
Erythronium (Trout Lily)
Camassia (Camas)
Anemone blanda (Grecian Windflower)

Garden Examples

A Spectacular Spring Border Idea with 2 Eye-Catching Tulips and Wallflowers
A Cheerful Spring Duo: Tulip Mona Lisa & Wallflowers
A Spectacular Tulip Border Idea for your Mid-Late Spring Garden
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Genus Tulipa
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 4" (10cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Depth 7" (18cm)
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Patio And Containers, Edging, Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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