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Tulip, Single Early Hybrids
Single Early Tulips bloom weeks before their long-stemmed siblings. Blooming on strong, sturdy stems 12 to 18 inches tall, Single Early Tulips stand up against rain and wind and all kinds of early-spring conditions. Available in a variety of hues, they are especially striking planted in drifts of 25 to 50 bulbs. Plant a swath of tulip color near your entry and celebrate the joy and color of spring.
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Extend your springshow by pairing tulips with early-season bloomers, such as crocus, grape hyacinths, and traditional hyacinths. Plant your favorite daffodils alongside for a petal-packed display. The show rolls into late spring if you plant Emperor, Greigii, Triumph, Lily Flowering, Peony, and Parrot tulips, which all bloom after single early hybrids. Darwin hybrids and Single Late Tulips bloom near the end of the spring to finish out the tulip season. So with a bit of planning, you can enjoy tulips in the garden and bouquets midspring through late spring.
Single Early Tulip Care
Like all tulip bulbs, Single Early 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 midfall or when the nighttime temperatures consistently hover around 40°F. 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 well.
Once planted, tulips are relatively low maintenance. Water emerging growth if rainfall is limited. Allow foliage to stand in the garden until it turns completely yellow to allow it to produce nutrients for next year's flower crop. After foliage fades, cease watering.