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This gorgeous mix brings new colors to the perennial Tulips. Large flowers up to 6" in diameter when in full bloom and their long strong stems make for beautiful cut flowers.

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
SKU 56TULG
Up until now, the Darwin Hybrids were known for being dominated by the yellow and reds. This new mixture brings in luscious pinks and bicolors to bring it all together. It's a real rainbow, new and extra-beautiful for the Darwin "Perennial Tulip" Hybrid group. This new mixture is going to be a smash.

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. The famous Apeldoorn group was introduced in 1951 by D. W. Lefeber and Company. 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.

Associated SKUs
56TULG
56TUL10 (Bag of 10)
56TUL25 (Bag of 25) - Out of stock.
12BULK100 (Bag of 100)
56TUL300 (Bag of 300) - Out of stock.
12BULK500 (Bag of 500)
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 Mixed
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
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.

Further Reading:

Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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American MeadowsDarwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix
 
4.7

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Vivid colors (7)
  • Attractive (5)
  • Large bulb size (5)
  • Low maintenance (5)
  • Reliable growth (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (5)
  • Outdoors (4)
  • Cut flowers (3)
  • Raised beds (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8), Getting started (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Tulips

i wasso pleasantly surprised! I threew these tulips in the ground when I moved into my new home in Nov in a bed that wasn't even prepared, hoping that a few would bloom....Read complete review

i wasso pleasantly surprised! I threew these tulips in the ground when I moved into my new home in Nov in a bed that wasn't even prepared, hoping that a few would bloom. Not only did they all bloom but they are gorgeous and the blooms last for weeks!!! I'm ecstatic and I can't wait to plant more next year

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

tulips

have bloomed ok, but very short

have bloomed ok, but very short

Reviewed by 14 customers

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5.0

Beautiful large flowers!

By 

from Michigan

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Attractive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

    These tulips are stunning! I mistakenly planted then with other tulips that are not Darwin and that grouping looks strange but I will be moving them around in the fall and will get more of this mix!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    2.0

    tulips

    By 

    from groton, ct

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

    have bloomed ok, but very short

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Perfect Birthday Present!

    By 

    from North Carolina

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

      I purchased 60 of these tulips to plant for my sister's... umm...special birthday...not only did they ALL bloom, they bloomed very near her birthday (due to the mild winter)! Now every year these tulips will make a showing on or near her birthday and remind her she is loved by her much, much younger sister. (Happy 60th, Liz!)

      Great tulips. Great company! Thanks!!!

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      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Gorgeous

      By 

      from Florence, CO

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

        These were exactly what I hoped they'd be -- healthy, beautiful, and every bulb came up. Neighbors and strangers commented on how pretty they were.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        I love this product

        By 

        from Walled Lake, Michigan

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • BEAUTIFUL
        • Large Bulb Size
        • Low Maintenance
        • Reliable Growth
        • Sfigiel
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Short Bloom Time

        Best Uses

        • Border Control
        • Containers
        • Large Areas
        • Raised Beds

        Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

        I bought these bulbs for my daughter in law, I planted them and the grandchildren are so excited as they are blooming now.
        I bought 5 varities and they look beautiful. They were shipped promptly and good shape. I will order form you again

         
        5.0

        Will get more

        By 

        from MD

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Low Maintenance
        • Reliable Growth
        • Sturdy
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

            We planted 30 of these in poor, rocky soil. All produced really beautiful flowers, which lasted for about 3 weeks and even survived 2 frosts. We will definitely get more this year.

             
            5.0

            Beautiful Show!

            By 

            from Rogers, Ar

            Pros

            • Large Bulb Size
            • Long Bloom Time

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Areas

              Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

              So glad I planted these - very pretty. And I was able to get twice the bulbs with the promo being offered. Will be ordering more!

               
              5.0

              They made my spring.

              By 

              from Belmont, OH

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

                  I ordered 5 colors of tulip bulbs and 3 of daffodils. Planted all across the front of house; mixing colors, and they were beautiful. I think they all came up. also planted some at mailbox and flagpole. this was the most beautiful display for spring I have ever had. I received many compliments.

                   
                  5.0

                  BIG, BRIGHT, GORGEOUS

                  By 

                  from Long Island, NY

                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Vivid Colors

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

                      These are gorgeous! I planted a bunch of them in my front yard and they are traffic stoppers. Mine are super vivid reds, orange-reds and hot pink. The colors are so bright they are practically neon! I am keeping my fingers crossed that they come back year after year. I am actually placing an order for more.

                       
                      5.0

                      bloomed beautifully

                      By 

                      from Lincolnton, GA

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Cut Flowers
                        • Raised Beds

                        Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

                        Every one of these came up right on time and gave us wonderful color this spring..cannot wait to see a repeat performance next year.

                         
                        5.0

                        Love!

                        By 

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Getting Started

                        Pros

                        • Large Bulb Size
                        • Low Maintenance
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Cut Flowers

                          Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

                          Anything I can care for long enough to finally see bloom seems like a small victory, but seriously, these tulips are so incredibly low maintenance -- and beautiful -- that they can give even the most novice of gardeners like myself an ego boost. Because I live in NYC and only have access to a deck, I grow all of my stuff in pots. Whether it was the mild winter, luck, really good bulbs, or a combination of all three, I was so, so pleased with how these came up.

                           
                          4.0

                          Great show when planted in groups.

                          By 

                          from Moscow, PA

                          About Me Avid Gardener

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Border Control
                            • Cut Flowers
                            • Raised Beds

                            Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

                            Planted in groups alternately with Spring Essential Mix. Great spring show. Blooms not as large as Spring Essentials but very colorful and long lasting.

                             
                            5.0

                            Fantastic Tulips

                            By 

                            from brielle nk

                            About Me Getting Started

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Instructions
                            • Attractive
                            • Fragrant
                            • Hardy
                            • Healthy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden
                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

                              i wasso pleasantly surprised! I threew these tulips in the ground when I moved into my new home in Nov in a bed that wasn't even prepared, hoping that a few would bloom. Not only did they all bloom but they are gorgeous and the blooms last for weeks!!! I'm ecstatic and I can't wait to plant more next year

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                               
                              5.0

                              Early Color!

                              By 

                              from Oklahoma City, OK

                              About Me Avid Gardener

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Instructions
                              • Attractive
                              • Healthy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Garden
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Plant to Impress Mix:

                                These tulips bloomed after the daffodils, and added welcome color to the Spring landscape.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                                To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                                • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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