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Tulip, Lily-Flowering Hybrids
Some of the most elegant of all spring bulbs, lily-flowering tulips have curved petals that stand majestically on top of strong, 16- to 24-inch-tall stems. On sunny days these tulips look like a beautiful six-pointed star when fully open. Lily-flowering tulips bloom late in the spring bulb season. Plant these tulips with grape hyacinths and miniature daffodils for a colorful display that will decorate the garden for 3 weeks or more.
Lily-flowering hybrids, like most tulips, bloom best the first year after planting. They often bloom again the second year after planting but with fewer and smaller flowers. Unlike daffodils, which are perennial and return year after year, lily-flowering tulips bloom only for a year or two. For the best display, plan to purchase and replant new bulbs each fall.
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Cut Flower Favorite
Stock your bulb cutting garden with elegant lily-flowering tulips and enjoy creating bouquets as soon as the temperatures warm next spring. Other tulips to consider include bold triumph tulips, parrot tulips, all types of daffodils, hyacinths, and summer snowflake (Leucojum spp.). Your bouquets will boast a symphony of welcome color after a long winter, and also add sweet fragrance to a room.
Lily-Flowering Tulip Care Must-Knows
Like all tulip bulbs, lily-flowering tulips require well-drained soil and at least 6 hours of bright sunlight per day. Tulips do best in soil that is relatively dry in summer and well-drained in winter. Wet, boggy soil in winter quickly leads to bulb rot.
The best time to plant tulip bulbs is mid-fall or when the nighttime temperatures consistently hover in the 40s. Prepare the planting bed, breaking up any clods as you dig a 6- to 8-inch-deep planting trench. Place the bulbs 6 inches apart in the bottom of the trench and cover them with loose soil. Water tulips well after planting.