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TULIPA 'Blushing Bride'
Blushing Bride Tulip, Single Late Tulip
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Reaching about waist-high, the creamy ivory flowers of 'Blushing Bride' may look faintly pale yellow, but also blushing with a little red. It's considered a single late (or "Mayflowering") hybrid tulip. Perched atop extremely tall stems above broadly lance-shaped leaves, the elegant blooms have six pointed "petals" (more accurately tepals). Each tepal has a fleeting, thin line of magenta on its upper edges. A rather short-lived bulbous perennial, 'Blushing Bride' is best treated as an annual. It flowers in the late season for tulips, roughly in mid- to late spring, depending on climate. Overly warm springtime temperatures shorten the flowering display.
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 ten weeks 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. Plant them in a wind-protected spot so the long stems are not bent or curved as the flowers open.
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
24"-34" / 61.0cm - 86.4cm
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
Spring, Late Spring
Light Yellow, Magenta, Ivory
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border
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