Tulip 'La Belle Époque'
Tulipa (2: Double Early Group) 'La Belle Époque'
3 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
Tulip 'La Belle Époque' Overview
Tulipa 'La Belle Époque' is an early flowering tulip that produces apricot, flushed with bronze flowers at the top of stems that can be 45 cm in height. Plant bulbs three times their own depth in autumn and only water during periods of drought. They prefer full sun and free draining sites making them perfect to plant in containers ready for the following spring. Tulip 'La Belle Époque' is classified as division 2; Double Early tulip. Flowering in the early part of the season, these fully double flowers are bowl shaped and can get up to 8 cm (3") across.
Common problems with Tulip 'La Belle Époque'
Tulip bulbs can dug up and eaten by squirrels and also suffer from tulip fire (rot).
How to harvest Tulip 'La Belle Époque'
Generally not harvested but flowers are cut for floral arrangements.
How to propagate Tulip 'La Belle Époque'
Bulbs need to be planted pointed end up, 10 to 15 cm deep (4 to 6") in the colder months of late autumn.
Divide bulbs when dormant. A new small bulblet will take three years to develop into a flowering bulb.
Many hybrids have been developed by crossing special traits - sow seed in Autumn and keep moist.
Special features of Tulip 'La Belle Époque'
Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Survive dry summers in bulb form.
Can be grown indoors, place in high light areas but limit direct sunlight to early mornings.
Tulips make beautiful potted flowers. Plant in well draining potting medium in enough sunlight to promote flowering. Plant close together for a stunning show.
Other uses of Tulip 'La Belle Époque'
This easy bulb can be planted in containers for spring displays or scattered through borders for a naturized look. It's elegant appearance can provide architectural in urban courtyard gardens as well as bank or slopes of informal gardens.
Grown for their colourful flowers.
Grown commercially for the cut flower industry.