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Tulip 'Sprying Break'

Tulipa (4: Darwin Hybrid Group) 'Sprying Break'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Tulip 'Sprying Break' Overview

Tulip 'Sprying Break' is a cross between Triumph and Darwin tulips that has produced a stunning large red-pink flower that is splashed with white. Flowering from April onwards, it is occasionally called a French tulip because of its tall elegance. Plant bulbs 3 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 under winter displays ready for the following spring. Tulipa 'Sprying Break' is classified as a division 4: Darwin Hybrid, it produces single flowers in the middle or late part of the season. These flowers can be 6 cm (2.5") wide on plants that can get to 70cm (28") in height.

Common problems with Tulip 'Sprying Break'

Can suffer from Tulip fire and bulb rot diseases. Squirrels may dig up and eat the bulbs.

Tulip 'Sprying Break' Companion Plants

How to harvest Tulip 'Sprying Break'

Flowers and bulbs are harvested for the cut flower and gardening industries.

How to propagate Tulip 'Sprying Break'


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.


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

Special features of Tulip 'Sprying Break'

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.

Attracts useful insects

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Indoor plant

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

Drought resistant

Survive dry summers in bulb form.

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Tulip 'Sprying Break'

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.