Darwin Tulip Bulbs Apeldoorn Elite

 

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Famous for its bright yellow flowers blushed heavily with orange. Great Darwin perennial tulip for naturalizing. Named after a city in Holland.

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 10 - Bulb Size: 12+ cm
SKU 9TUL10

This is the luscious perennial tulip you see everywhere in spring. Bright yellow, blushed heavily with orange, Apeldoorn Elite has been a world favorite since its introduction in 1968. Like all Darwin Hybrids, they "come back year after year" making a planting of these beauties a multi-year success.

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. Apeldoorn, the famous red tulip that is now No. 1 in the US, 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 9TUL10
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, Yellow
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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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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American MeadowsDarwin Tulip Bulbs Apeldoorn Elite
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Long bloom time (4)
  • Vivid colors (4)
  • Large bulb size (3)
  • Low maintenance (3)
  • Reliable growth (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)

Reviewed by 7 customers

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4.0

an excellent tulip but too short lived for this climate #8

By 

from Bandera, Texas

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Lawn
    • Outdoors
    • Patio
    • Pool Area

    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Apeldoorn Elite:

    The bulbs arrived on time and healthy, they were planted in a keyhole garden and they matured, bloomed and were beautiful but warm weather arrived too soon this year, after an exceptionally mild winter and the blooms were quick to fade

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    BETTER THAN EXPECTED

    By 

    from NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Border Control
      • Containers
      • Cut Flowers
      • Large Areas
      • Raised Beds

      Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Apeldoorn Elite:

      FLOWERS ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN I EXPECTED.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      We are so pleased

      By 

      from Catskill Mtn upstate NY

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fragrant
      • Long Bloom Time
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Border Control

        Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Apeldoorn Elite:

        We planted these as a border on a wheelchair ramp. They are fragrant stunning flowers. I can watch folks from my window just stopping to look including school children.
        This is my husbands first attempt at flower gardening and your products are helping him be effective gardener with my help of course!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Real nice bi color

        By 

        from New City, NY

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Apeldoorn Elite:

            Darwins keep on comin' back every year/great investment

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great color contrast!

            By 

            from New City, NY

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Apeldoorn Elite:

                Darwins=Great investmet!
                Keeps comin' back!

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Apeldoorn Tulips

                By 

                from Lake In The Hills, IL

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden

                  Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Apeldoorn Elite:

                  Love these tulips!!! The most attractive in my garden.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Review of a most unusual beauty.

                  By 

                  from Anderson, SC

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Hardy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Apeldoorn Elite:

                    I was delighted with these tulips. They are among the most stunning and unusual tulips I have ever seen. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed seeing them when they bloomed.

                    • 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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