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A picture of a Tulip


Tulipa spp.

Tulip agenensis ZE by MathKnight (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Tulip

Some pink Tulipa flowers in a pot in a garden
A close up of a pink Tulipa flower with green leaves
A close up of some Tulipa plants in flower
A close up of some Tulipa plants with patterned striped leaves
A close up of some pink Tulipa flowers on a plant

Tulip Overview

Tulipa is a genus more commonly known as Tulip. It contains flowering bulbs valued in beds and borders for their bright colours in early spring. They are indigenous to mountainous areas with temperate climates, where they are a common element of steppe and winter-rain Mediterranean vegetation. Tulips thrive in climates with long, cool springs and dry summers. Tulips are most commonly found in meadows, steppes and chaparral, but also introduced in fields, orchards, roadsides and abandoned gardens. For horticultural purposes, tulips are divided into groups according to their flower characteristics. The groups are: Single early, Double early, Triumph, Darwin, Single late, Lily-flowered, Fringed, Viridiflora, Rembrandt, Parrot, Double late, Kaufmanniana, Fosteriana, Greigii and Miscellaneous groups.

Common problems with Tulip

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

Tulip Companion Plants

How to harvest Tulip

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

How to propagate Tulip


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

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

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.


So many varieties and cultivars to discover, here are a few to inspire you.

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Winter Flowering Bulbs

Flowering in winter these bulbs give a beautiful display.

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