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Mark A. Miller
TULIPA 'Exotic Emperor'
Exotic Emperor Tulip, Fosteriana Tulip
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Resembling a peony flower or a pale flame, 'Exotic Emperor' produces predominantly white flowers with streaks of green and light yellow. Its early flowering season and ability to perennialize are because of genes from parent species Tulipa fosteriana. Borne singly on a shin-high stem is a blossom of snow white and pale yellow-blushed "petals" (actually tepals). The wavy, thin bud leaves (sepals) persist and jut up around the flower cup. The gray-green, lance-shaped leaves are usually held close to the base of the stem. Although longer lived than many other tulips, Exotic Emperor tulips are nevertheless sometimes treated as annuals, returning consistently year after year only in regions with cool, moist soil over the cool to warm summer.
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. A tulip plant requires full sun, fertile but porous soil, and protection from excessive summer moisture and heat. 'Exotic Emperor' manages to thrive in full sun to light shade and either gritty to average, well-drained soils. Leave the lower foliage of these 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. These tulips require winter chill - at least eight weeks - to bloom each early 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. 'Exotic Emperor' is good for winter forcing 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
12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm
8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm
Early Spring, Spring
White, Green, Light Yellow
Green, Gray Green
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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