A bright array of the longest-stemmed and most robust growers in the Tulip world. These are the Tulips bred to please the discriminating customers in French flower markets, where quality standards are uncompromising. Not labeled. 25 bulbs cover 5 sq ft.
We've separated these varieties from the other Single Lates because they tend to be hardier, taller, and produce distinctive oval-shaped flowers on sturdy stems that are particularly well-suited to cutting. Because the bulbs mature earlier, they also perform better in warmer climates than many other Tulips.
For more information on the planting and care of Tulips, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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qqmkxp938 from Baltimore, MD
Days after my tulips bloomed, we had multiple violent thunderstorms with strong winds and hard rains all day and night. I expected that I would lose these gorgeous flowers since they were in a tall raised bed. When the sun came out, however, my French Single Tall Tulips were standing tall and blooming gloriously. No damage at all. I couldn't believe my eyes. They remained strong and glorious for another week and a half before they even started to fade. The tulip blossom itself is huge (3 1/2" w x 4 1/4 - 5" h). The total plant stands 28" - 30" tall. Great value!
qqmkxp938 from Baltimore, MD
From the picture shown in the WFF catalog, you might think that you are going to receive a lot of leftover red, yellow and white bulbs. I ordered this French Single Late Tulip Mix because my WFF favorites were already sold out. Well, now that they are blooming I am totally blown away by the glorious array of colors! As they get ready to bloom, they look like fabulous Easter Eggs. Each day, my neighbors and relatives stop to comment on these particular blooms. I certainly hit the jackpot when I ordered this mixture!
SeaCam from Winchester, MA
These tulips were very large and beautiful. Many of my neighbors complimented the hardiness and strength of the stems. Even though the tulips were very large, they did not droop over from the weight.
Nate's Nana from Southern NH
This is my first time ordering a mixture. The colors were so beautifully selected that the shades taken together reminded me of an impressionist painting. But spread out over my small area, similar colors sometimes clustered together, muting the beauty of the mixture. There was no way to tell the bulbs apart while planting, naturally, but I had never thought of that.
I will probably order separate colors and mix them myself, just because it suits my needs better. The quality of the bulbs is first rate, and the length of the blooming cycle has added to our enjoyment of these beautiful tulips.
These indispensable bulbs have been enjoyed in gardens around the world for centuries. Tulips today are available in many shapes, sizes, and seasons of bloom and the smart gardener can have Tulips blooming from early spring through May in a multitude of colors. For the best display, avoid the "soldier effect" and plant the bulbs in clusters. Plant large bulbs 5–6″ apart and smaller bulbs 2–3″ apart. Small Species Tulips are ideal for rock gardens and the tall, large-flowered varieties can hold their own anywhere.
Bulb size: 12 cm /species 5-10 cm
Light/Watering: Tulips perform best in full sun in the North and will tolerate very light shade in hotter areas. Unless the season is unnaturally dry, normal rainfall should suffice.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Tulip bulbs require a well-drained soil. Sandy soil enriched with organic matter is ideal as is a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Keep Tulip bulbs cool (below 65°) until ready to plant. Plant in fall at least a month before the ground freezes. Follow directions for planting depth for individual varieties. Many Tulips (the midseason and late-flowering varieties in particular) tend to bloom magnificently the first spring or two after planting and decline thereafter. Species Tulips, Darwin Hybrids, Fosterianas, Greigiis, Kaufmannianas, and WFF Perennial Tulips can put on a stunning display for several years with your help:
Most early and midseason Tulip varieties are excellent for forcing. Rooting time is from fourteen to sixteen weeks. More information on forcing bulbs may be found on our Web site.
In parts of the country where winters are mild, Tulips may not receive enough natural cold to stimulate proper growth and flowering. We recommend treating these as annuals and replacing them with new bulbs every year. Check with your local USDA Cooperative Extension Service to find out whether any bulbs require prechilling before planting in your area. Place the bulbs in a refrigerator, away from fruits and vegetables (these produce ethylene gas, which can harm the embryonic flowers inside the bulbs). Make sure the bulbs remain dry. The usual prechilling time is ten weeks or longer at 40 to 45°F. Once the bulbs are removed from cold treatment, plant them right away. Bloom occurs about six to eight weeks after planting. Discard the entire plant after bloom.
Please note: An amber gel-like substance called gummosis is sometimes present on Tulip bulbs. It is not harmful and will not affect the bulbs' performance.
Pests/Diseases: Aphids may be a problem, but are easily washed off with a water spray. If you notice spindly stems and white or yellowish mottling or streaking of the foliage suspect a virus and dig up and destroy the bulb.
Companions: Tulips are lovely with other spring bloomers and with each other. Mertensia virginica is a sweet companion and Tulips are perfect planted beneath ground covers like Epimedium or Vinca. Underplant Tulips with Forget-Me-Nots for a classic combination.
Pruning: Direct energy to the Tulip bulb by removing spent blooms and developing seed capsules.
End of Season Care: Wait until Tulip leaves have yellowed completely before cutting them back. Many gardeners consider Tulips to be one of the best bargains in the plant world and treat them as annuals. This method relieves the gardener from having to plant bulbs deeply, not being able to water garden areas where Tulips are planted, deadheading plants, and looking at unattractive foliage for the summer.
Calendar of Care
Early spring: Fertilize bulbs now with a suitable formulation.
Mid-Spring: Enjoy the show and cut flowers for gorgeous bouquets. Watch for aphids and wash off if present.
Summer: Deadhead Tulip plants to remove developing seed capsules. Do not water Tulip beds, as most varieties prefer to stay dry in summer, and keep beds weeded. Do not remove foliage until it has yellowed completely.
Fall: Plant new bulbs at least a month before the ground freezes and water in. Check pH and adjust to 6.0 to 6.5. Fertilize established plantings now.