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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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  • Tulipa hybrids
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  • 6 to 12 inches
  • 1 to 3 feet
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  • To 6 inches wide
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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
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Tulip Care

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.

More Varieties of Tulip, single early hybrids

'Cardinal Rampolla' tulip

Tulipa 'Cardinal Rampolla' is also sometimes called 'Apricot' or 'Safrano'. It's an heirloom that produces regal burnt orange, gold, and, yellow blooms on stems to 14 inches tall. Zones 3-8

'Christmas Marvel' tulip

This variety blooms early in spring and grows 18 inches tall. Its rosy red cup-shape blooms fade to pink at the edges. Its long stems and delightful fragrance make it an excellent cut flower. Zones 3-8

'Diana' tulip

Tulipa 'Diana' is an heirloom from 1909 that bears lovely ivory-white flowers on short, sturdy stems in early spring. It grows 12 inches tall. Zones 3-7

'Keizerskroon' tulip

This variety is an heirloom from 1750 that shows off rich flowers with wide yellow edges. It blooms in early spring and grows 13 inches tall. Zones 3-7

'Lac van Rijn' tulip

Tulipa 'Lac van Rijn' dates from the 1620s. Its burgundy-and-ivory single blooms appear in early to midspring on stems to 14 inches tall. This fragrant variety multiplies readily, quickly forming dense clumps of color in the spring landscape. Zones 3-8

'Prince of Austria' tulip

This cultivar bears orange-red flowers and is one of the most strongly fragrant varieties available. It grows 12 inches tall and blooms in early spring. Zones 3-7

'Van der Neer' tulip

Tulipa 'Van der Neer' is an heirloom from 1860 that bears rich rosy-purple flowers. It grows 12 inches tall and blooms in early spring. Zones 3-7

'Purple Prince' tulip

This variety blooms early midseason on 14-inch-tall stems. The purple petals have a lilac blush with slightly scalloped edges. Color intensifies near the base of the bloom, and stems take on a purplish cast. Zones 3-8