2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
Tulip 'Akebono' Overview
Tulipa 'Akebono' meaning dawn or daybreak in Japanese, this stunning tulip produces tall upright yellow double flowers that are streaked with apple green and have a crisp red edge. 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 'Akebono' is a semi-double sport from the cultivar 'Jewel of Spring' and is occasionally classed as a giant Darwin Hybrid.
Common problems with Tulip 'Akebono'
Tulip bulbs can be dug up and eaten by squirrels. It can also suffer from tulip fire & bulb rot.
How to harvest Tulip 'Akebono'
Generally not harvested but flowers are cut for floral arrangements.
How to propagate Tulip 'Akebono'
Bulbs need to be planted pointed end up, 10 to 15 cm deep (4 to 6") during the cold 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 'Akebono'
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 'Akebono'
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.