Tulips are a must for every garden because they are sturdy, upright and bright and may bloom for several springs in a row. Generally upward-facing blooms appear on short to tall stems, depending on the variety. Foliage color ranges from green to gray-green to variegated lance-shaped leaves. There are over 15 divisions by which tulips are grouped, each having their own distinct qualities. Plant several different varieties of tulips throughout the garden to extend the blooming time.
About this Variety
Tulip Double Surprise blooms look very much like Peony blooms, atop sword-like foliage. Sometimes the flowers are fragrant.
- Great for containers
- Easy to grow
- Great for garden borders, cutting gardens, rock gardens and mass plantings
- Classic cut flower favorite
- Showy blooms
Grows 12-18" tall
Plant 3-5" apart, 3-5" deep or 3 times bulb height
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-7. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant in the fall, before the first frost hardens the soil. Dig a hole to the required depth. Place bulb in hole, pointed side up. Cover with soil and water thoroughly. Mulch in extreme climates.
For container planting, bury the bulb three times as deep as the bulb is wide. In zones 6 and below, you will need to protect your bulb containers. Place them near the foundation of the house or other structure. In zones 3-5, place the container in an unheated garage or shed.
After blooming, leave the bulbs in place so plants can clump or reseed. Divide only when containers or planting spaces become too crowded. Propagate in the fall by division after they have been chilled for four weeks in a moist medium.
Dig, dry, clean and store in a dry, cool place at 40-50ºF to over winter in non-hardy zones.
Plant in loose, crumbly, well-drained soil for best results. Bulbs will rot in overly moist areas. To plant lots of tulips in the garden at one time, dig out an area in a sunny location 5-7". Place bulbs pointy side up and cover with soil.
Tulips can be planted later in the fall than most of the other flower bulbs. Plant in containers combined with multiple tulip varieties or other spring blooming flower bulbs for an easy burst of color for your outdoor spaces in spring.