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Antwerp Tulip, Triumph Tulip
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Very slender-looking pink-red flower buds that open into wide cups are produced by the Antwerp tulip in springtime. This cultivar is a member of the Triumph hybrid tulip class, selected by breeders J.F. van den Berg & Sons as a mutant sport off of 'Barend Barendse'. Perched on tall stems above broadly lance-shaped leaves, the elegant blooms have six pointed "petals." A rather short-lived bulbous perennial, this tulip is best treated as an annual. It flowers early to mid-season, roughly in mid-spring.
Tulip bulbs are a favorite food of small mammals including voles, and their succulent leaves and buds are favored by deer. Deep planting (at a depth of four to five times the bulbs' width) and underground barriers (such as buried hardware cloth) can discourage bulb predation. Interplanting with daffodils or other pest-resistant bulbs may deter both below-ground and above-ground pest damage.
Despite these problems, tulips are generally easy to grow. They prefer full to partial sun and require average to fertile soil with good drainage. Leave the lower foliage of perennial tulips after they bloom, so they can collect and store energy for next spring’s display. Once the leaves start to yellow, cut plants to the ground. Hardiness is cultivar/species dependent, but most require at least two months' worth of chilly soil conditions across winter in order to bloom in spring.
Tulips are unsurpassed for bringing spring color to containers or sunny gardens. Be sure to consider height and bloom time when designing with them as these vary greatly from cultivar to cultivar. It is also wise to plant extra for cutting as they make superb long-lasting cut flowers. This cultivar is good for winter forcing.
8 - 1
3 - 8
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
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
16"-22" / 40.6cm - 55.9cm
12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm
Early Spring, Spring
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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