Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix

Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix, Tulipa, Darwin Hybrid Tulip

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The latest and best mix of Darwin Tulips. With new colors being added all the time, this mix has the best of old and new.

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 25 - Bulb Size: 12/+ cm
SKU 89TUL25
Spring Essentials Mix was created since there are so many new Darwin Hybrids each year, we wanted to include most all of them in one mixture. So here you have it. The old classics in yellow and orange, the newer reds and pinks, and the bicolors too. This is truly a perennial tulip rainbow for the first time.

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.

SKU 89TUL25
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 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 Spring Essentials Mix
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable growth (7)
  • Vivid colors (7)
  • Large bulb size (6)
  • Long bloom time (5)
  • Low maintenance (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large areas (5)
  • Raised beds (5)
  • Cut flowers (4)
  • Containers (3)
  • Garden (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)

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"Beautiful"

love em!!

love em!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

darwin hybrid tulip spring essential mix

I ordered these late in the season, so they were planted later than my other spring blooming bulbs. These were the only ones of the hundreds that I planted that did not produce.

I ordered these late in the season, so they were planted later than my other spring blooming bulbs. These were the only ones of the hundreds that I planted that did not produce.

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5.0

Darwin Tulip Spring Mix

By 

from North Providence, RI

About Me Master Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix:

    Was very impressed with this tulip, very tall and large, bright color

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    They look good

    By 

    from IL

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Colorful
    • Large Bulb Size
    • Low Maintenance
    • Pest Resistant
    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

    • Short Bloom Time

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas
    • Raised Beds

    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix:

    They are very colorful. Some have 2 colors in one which is cool. They bloomed really quickly and opened up widely, so I am not sure they would be very good for cut flowers. They look nice in the yard though.

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Blooms!

    By 

    from Kingsport, TN

    About Me Avid Gardener, Getting Started

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Containers
      • Cut Flowers
      • Large Areas
      • Raised Beds

      Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix:

      Very good mix! Lots of pretty blooms with many colors thrown in there.

       
      5.0

      Large showy blooms

      By 

      from Tulsa, OK

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cut Flowers
        • Large Areas
        • Raised Beds

        Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix:

        Showy Blooms, Great quality bulbs

         
        5.0

        Beautiful combination!

        By 

        from Draper, UT (Salt Lake Valley)

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix:

            Thrilled with this selection. They were everyone's favorite this spring. Large, bright colorful blooms of reds and yellows.

             
            4.0

            Wonderful

            By 

            from Rochester, NY

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Containers
              • Large Areas

              Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix:

              A wonderful surprise in April. Fogot I planted them!

               
              5.0

              "Beautiful"

              By 

              from Hazel Green, AL

              About Me Getting Started

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Border Control
                • Containers
                • Cut Flowers
                • Erosion Control
                • Indoor Pots
                • Large Areas
                • Raised Beds

                Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix:

                love em!!

                 
                5.0

                Slow start - finale was breathtaking

                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
                  • Plant in groups
                  • Raised Beds

                  Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix:

                  Planted in groups of five in the front of a circular garden. Blooms became larger and colors more vivid with time. For year round display, plant annual flowers and seeds among drying tulip leaves.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  darwin hybrid tulip spring essential mix

                  By 

                  from berkeley, ca

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions

                  Cons

                  • Did not flower

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden

                  Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix:

                  I ordered these late in the season, so they were planted later than my other spring blooming bulbs. These were the only ones of the hundreds that I planted that did not produce.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I think your headline is just fine.

                  By 

                  from Portage, Mi

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Fragrant
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix:

                    They just finished flowering and they were beautiful!

                    • 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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