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TULIPA 'Abba'

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Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

TULIPA 'Abba'

Plant Common Name

Abba Tulip, Double Early Tulip

General Description

The double-flowered, early-blooming ‘Abba’ is a beautiful fragrant tulip with bowl-shaped blooms of red with yellow centers. Like most hybrid tulips, it is a perennial bulb that is often treated as an annual.

Tulip bulbs are often short-lived, save some species and select cultivars, so they are often allowed to bloom for one year only and pulled before they go dormant. Their bulbs are often eaten by small mammals, such as voles, so it is wise to provide them winter protection. Their sweet green tops are also favored by deer, so tulips are not recommended for gardens frequented by the large four-legged pests.

Despite these problems, tulips are generally easy to grow. They prefer full to partial sun and require average to fertile soil with good drainage. After blooming, it is beneficial to leave their green tops so they can store plenty for fuel for next spring’s display. Once their leaves start to turn yellow, they can be cut to the ground. Hardiness is cultivar or species dependent, but all tulips require a chilling period to bloom, so they will not grow in the far South were winters are mild.

Tulips offer spring color to containers or sunny gardens. Be sure to consider height and bloom time when designing with them as they vary greatly from cultivar to cultivar. Bloom time is also essential to consider; 'Abba' is an early bloomer that should be planted with other early geophytes like early Narcissus, Anemone blanda and hyacinths. It is nice to plant extra tulips for cut flower arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No