Tulip 'Blue Parrot'
Tulipa (10: Parrot Group) 'Blue Parrot'
2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
Tulip 'Blue Parrot' Overview
Tulip 'Blue Parrot' is a mid-season flowering perennial deciduous bulb that produces pinkish-lavender-mauve coloured flowers rather than true blue. It also has purple bronze flashes insides which become more visible as the flower opens to create a big plate like bloom. This easy to grow bulb can be planted in containers for spring displays or scattered through borders for a natural look. Its elegant appearance can provide architecture in urban courtyard gardens and banks or slopes of informal gardens. Alternatively, plant in the kitchen garden and grow for cut flowers. Plant bulbs three times their own depth in autumn and only water during periods of drought. They prefer full sun free-draining sites making them perfect planted in containers under winter displays ready for the following spring. Tulipa 'Blue Parrot' is classified as a Division 10; Parrot tulip. Parrot tulips have feathered petals that can be curled or twisted and can be multi-coloured. Many have a green spot at the base of their petals.
Common problems with Tulip 'Blue Parrot'
Tulip bulbs can be eaten by squirrels and also suffer from tulip fire (rot).
How to harvest Tulip 'Blue Parrot'
Generally not harvested but flowers are cut for floral arrangements.
How to propagate Tulip 'Blue Parrot'
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 'Blue Parrot'
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.