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Red Oxford is America's most popular red Darwin Tulip. Sitting atop tall, sturdy stems, its classic color is emphasized by its perfect tulip shape. Make sure to plant extra of this classic beauty for gorgeous spring bouquets!

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Containers
Containers
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 20-22" tall
Bulb Spacing9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid spring
Size Bag of 50 - Bulb Size: 12+ cm
SKU 4TUL50

Plant Information

This is the winner of the tulip contest in the US. The Netherlands Flower Bulb Centre keeps careful records, and they tell us that Americans buy more red Darwin Hybrids than any other tulips. And no wonder. Theyre the tall, large-flowered 'perennial tulips', and, well, red is red. Can't have too many of this classic.

About Darwin Hybrid Tulips: Early in the 20th Century, a talented Dutch hybridizer named Lefeber worked long and hard with a wild tulip called 'Tulipa fosteriana' from Central Asia. It is red, and from it, he hybridized the group that became known as the Emperor Tulips. The world-famous Red Emperor was introduced in 1931, and is what we now call a member of the 'Fosteriana Tulip' group. In fact, Red Emperor's official variety name is 'Madame Lefeber' in honor of the original hybridizer's wife.

Even though the Red Emperor and other fosterianas were instant sensations, the hybridizers were not satisfied. They were fascinated by what were then called simply 'Darwin Tulips'. These were large-flowered tulips in clear colors on tall stems, but without any perennial qualities. The Emperors, being close to a wild species, were quite perennial, so they crossed the two groups. And voila! Darwin Hybrid Tulips were born, with the best qualities of both groups.

Ever since, the Darwin Hybrids have set the standards worldwide for tall graceful, large flowered perennial tulips. Red Darwin Hybrids are now No. 1 in the US. There are not many Darwin Hybrids, even today. But they are every good gardener's favorites and always highly valued by florists.

In America's Top Ten list for popularity in the US, compiled by the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Centre, they list no less than three Darwin Hybrids, more than from any other group.'

SKU 4TUL50
Common Name Darwin Hybrid Tulip
Botanical Name Tulipa
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 20-22" tall
Bulb Size 12+ cm
Bulb Spacing 9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 5" deep
Bloom Time Mid spring
Plant Type / Life Cycle Perennial
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Containers, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Yes - Bulbs, blooms, leaves, and stems all contain toxic compounds, which are most concentrated in the bulb.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

Daffodil Bulbs Comparison

What is a "Quality Bulb," and Why Does Bulb Quality Matter?

Flower bulbs come in a wide variety of sizes. It is important to get the largest, best quality bulbs you can find. Larger bulbs help to ensure success, producing larger and stronger plants with more flowers.

Several flower bulbs are part of the onion family, and because of this I like to use Onions as a representation of how important bulb size is. Which of the onions on your shelf go bad first? The smallest ones! Larger onions are more resilient, taking longer to dry out/rot and can withstand swings in temperature better. Flower bulbs are the same. Larger bulbs will withstand disease, draught, large amounts of moisture, and colder temperatures significantly better than the smaller ones.

Here at American Meadows we are committed to providing you with the highest quality bulbs. This means we do everything we can to source the largest bulbs possible. Below is a comparison of bulbs purchased from three different retail stores:

Each of the glass tubes contains 20 Dutch Master Daffodils. Starting from the left, the first tube is what is sold here at American Meadows, the middle tube was purchased at a local “Home Supply” box store, and the third is another online retailer. The difference is easily noticeable.

The next picture is the same comparison, but with Tulip Bulbs:

Again, our bulbs are quite a bit larger than other retailers.

Other things to be aware of when it comes to bulb quality is making sure they are firm and without signs of external damage or cracking. Do your best to avoid bulbs that are already growing and have shoots or freshly grown roots. This is difficult when purchasing online, but if you are ordering through a reputable company, they should be checking for these things regularly.

Next time you are looking to buy bulbs, think about how much time you put into planning and planting your garden and then anxiously waiting for your flowers to grow and bloom. Don’t be disappointed after all that effort by planting sub-par bulbs. Buy the largest, firmest, disease free bulbs you can afford, and you will have the best possible results.

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American MeadowsDarwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford
 
4.2

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (7)
  • Healthy (7)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Accurate instructions (5)
  • Vivid colors (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (6)
  • Outdoors (5)
  • Patio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (7), Getting started (4), Casual hobbyist (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply Awesome

A true show stopper!

A true show stopper!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Never did grow

I won't order from this company again. Just throwing my money away.

I won't order from this company again. Just throwing my money away.

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5.0

Beautiful!

By 

from Williston, VT

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

    I'm a beginning gardener and historically have a black thumb. Planted these in the Fall. Anxiously waited....every single bulb produced a beautiful vibrant tulip! I highly recommend these!

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    1.0

    Never did grow

    By 

    from Crossville, TN

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

    I won't order from this company again. Just throwing my money away.

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    5.0

    Lasted weeks!

    By 

    from Crossville, TN

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

      Great color

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      5.0

      absolutely beautiful

      By 

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Lawn
        • Outdoors
        • Patio
        • Pool Area

        Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

        bright red, big, bought 50, all 50 were blooming.

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        5.0

        absolutely gorgeous

        By 

        from Swarthmore

        About Me Getting Started

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Bought 50 All Look Great
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors
          • Patio
          • Pool Area

          Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

          bought 50, all 50 look great!

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          • Personal
           
          1.0

          red tulips

          By 

          from groton, ct

          Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

          about 30% did not bloom, those that did are small and short

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          5.0

          beautiful

          By 

          from baltimore, md

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors

            Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

            planted in November; just starting to blossom now in April. beautiful!

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            5.0

            Giant red tulips!

            By 

            from Lynbrook,NY

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Long Bloom Time
            • Low Maintenance
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

                These red tulips at stunning. Tall and huge blossoms.

                 
                1.0

                These were a dud

                By 

                from Merryville, La

                About Me Casual Hobbyist

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Colors Not As Expected
                  • Short Bloom Time
                  • Skimpy And Scraggly
                  • Slow Growth

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

                    The plants are pitiful.

                     
                    5.0

                    Striking!

                    By 

                    from Southern Maine

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Large Bulb Size
                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Cut Flowers
                      • Large Areas

                      Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

                      We bought 100 of these red Oxford tulips, and planted them in several groups around the garden, some groups mixed into one end or the other of a large border bed of naturalized yellow big trumpet daffodils. This year these tulips bloomed later than the daffs did but their bloom period overlapped enough to create a good effect. A small established group of these had been in the garden for years, and those established tulips bloomed much earlier than these newly planted ones, so I am hoping for concurrent blooming of these striking red Oxford tulips with the large bright yellow daffs next year.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Every one a winner!

                      By 

                      from davey, nebraska

                      About Me Casual Hobbyist

                      Pros

                      • Large Bulb Size
                      • Reliable Growth
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accent
                        • Cut Flowers
                        • Early color
                        • Interplanting

                        Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

                        These Red Oxford Darwin tulips have bloomed just this week and I counted each and every one. To my amazement, I have 50 blooms! Every single bulb has come up and flowered - unbelievable. Vibrant color and a great entryway accent when nothing is blooming but everything is up and green. I'll definitely be ordering more this Fall. Simply stunning.

                         
                        5.0

                        Beautiful in a large bed

                        By 

                        from Emmitsburg MD.

                        About Me Avid Gardener

                        Pros

                        • Large Bulb Size
                        • Long Bloom Time
                        • Low Maintenance
                        • Pest Resistant
                        • Reliable Growth
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Areas
                          • Raised Beds

                          Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

                          Used this tulip in a lardw bed of 100 in front of white daffodils. Fantastic display. Received numerous comments on the beauty of this tulip. Used 100 bulbs

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Fabulous!

                          By 

                          from New England

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                          Pros

                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Reliable Growth
                          • Vivid Colors

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

                              These tulips were fantastic and couldn't have been easier. I popped them into a border plot, with no special technique. They weathered an extreme winter with lots of snow, yet every single one bloomed beautifully in the spring. I got lots of compliments from neighbors out walking in the neighborhood, and even saw a photographer crouching at the edge of my lawn taking lots of pics of my tulips with his very fancy camera. :) I will definitely be buying more.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Absolutely gorgeous!

                              By 

                              from Abilene, TX

                              About Me Avid Gardener

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                              Pros

                              • Accurate Instructions
                              • Attractive
                              • Hardy
                              • Healthy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Garden

                                Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

                                I planted these bulbs last fall, and had a beautiful sea of red in the yard this spring. All the neighbors stopped to look at them. They are stunning. These were so pretty, I have ordered more tulip bulbs from American Meadows for fall arrival.

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                                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Simply Awesome

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                                from South River, NJ

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                                Pros

                                • Accurate Instructions
                                • Attractive
                                • Hardy
                                • Healthy
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Garden
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Patio

                                  Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford:

                                  A true show stopper!

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                                  • Personal

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