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Tulip 'La Belle Époque'

Tulipa (2: Double Early Group) 'La Belle Époque'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

15cm

30cm

Min

5cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

Bulbs need to be planted pointed end up, 10 to 15 cm deep (4 to 6") in the colder months of late autumn.

Division

Divide bulbs when dormant. A new small bulblet will take three years to develop into a flowering bulb.

Seed

Many hybrids have been developed by crossing special traits - sow seed in Autumn and keep moist.

Special features of Tulip 'La Belle Époque'

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Drought resistant

Survive dry summers in bulb form.

Indoor plant

Can be grown indoors, place in high light areas but limit direct sunlight to early mornings.

Pot plant

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.

Ornamental

Grown for their colourful flowers.

Floristry

Grown commercially for the cut flower industry.