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TULIPA 'Blumex Favourite'
Blumex Favourite Tulip, Parrot Tulip
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Images of Mardi Gras or flamboyant Carnival costumes would arise when describing the Blumex Favourite tulip's flowers. The bloom looks like a colorful heap of whipped cream or a ruffle of parrot feathers. Each petal-like tepal looks painted, with a blend of red and orange, with occasional hints of rose or purple mixed in. Perched atop sturdy stems above broadly lance-shaped leaves, the elegant blooms have at least six pointed "petals." A rather short-lived bulbous perennial, this tulip is best treated as an annual. This tulip cultivar is also faintly fragrant, blooming mid- to late season: roughly in mid-spring, varying slightly by 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 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 useable for winter forcing in large containers (although not the best choice), but the long stems make it an exceptional cut flower.
7 - 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
20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm
12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm
Spring, Late Spring
Red, Orange, Rose
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border
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