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Arma Tulip, Fringed Tulip
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You'll want to touch the petal-like tepals on the dark cardinal-red Arma tulip because of the crystal-fringed edges, which look like hoarfrost. A hybrid selection, 'Arma' was developed by breeder Konijnenburg & Mark and introduced in 1962. Perched on waist-high, towering stems above broadly lance-shaped leaves, the elegant blooms have six pointed "petals." Petal bases are dark violet-red but lighten to red toward the edges and the decorative fringe. A rather short-lived bulbous perennial, this tulip is best treated as an annual. It flowers mid-season, roughly in early to mid-spring depending on local climate.
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. Because of its extra-long stems, exceptional in tall vases, 'Arma' is not a good option to force in containers.
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
22"-32" / 55.9cm - 81.3cm
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
Red, Dark Red
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border
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