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Tulipa 'Big Chief' (Darwin Hybrid Tulip)

Tulip ''Big Chief', Darwin Hybrid Tulip ''Big Chief', Darwin Hybrid Tulips, Spring Bulbs, Spring Flowers


For mouth-watering spring color, award-winning Tulip 'Big Chief' is terrific with its enormous iridescent rosy-salmon flowers flushed with silvery-pink and soft yellow base. Long-lasting, these lovely blooms will enliven your garden in mid-late spring. This acclaimed member of the Darwin Hybrid Group also enjoys a sturdy, long stem that will withstand wind and rain!

  • Awarded the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Growing up to 20-24 inches tall (50-60 cm), this tulip creates dazzling harmonies with other mid-late season flowering bulbs.
  • Performs best in full sun in rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Prefers areas with cool winters and warm dry summers.
  • Easy to grow, this tulip is a welcomed addition to beds, borders, containers. For best visual impact, plant in groups (at least 10 to 15 bulbs) or mixed with any other flowering bulbs. Excellent as cut flowers!
  • To be planted in fall.
  • Eating may cause severe discomfort and may cause a skin allergy.

A symbol of spring, tulips are the most popular spring bulbs and 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, which are divided into fifteen groups, mostly based on the flower type, size and blooming period of the tulip.

The Darwin Hybrid Tulips are noted for their flower size and sturdy, long stems. Due to these qualities, these tulips have really made a name for themselves as cut flowers, and are cultivated extensively for this purpose. Their egg-shaped, single blooms, up to 3 in. wide (8 cm), are available in a wide range of colors including orange, red, yellow and pink varieties as well as varieties with differently colored speckles and stripes on their petals. Among the best for naturalizing, these tulips provide blooms up to 5 years and rise up to 20-28 in. tall (50-70 cm) in mid-late spring.

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Requirements

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
Plant Family Tulipa - Tulips
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 4" (10cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Depth 7" (17cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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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.


Requirements

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
Plant Family Tulipa - Tulips
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 4" (10cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Depth 7" (17cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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