Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression

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This famous perennial tulip boasts enormous pink blooms that create a knockout statement in the spring garden. They are a pink favorite around the world and make 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
Size Bag of 20 - Bulb Size: 12/+ cm
SKU 3TUL20
This is it. Just when everyone thought the Darwin Hybrids were already the largest-flowered tulips of all, the Dutch came up with even larger blooms with Pink Impression. It was introduced with great fanfare in 1979, and there have been some others added to the Impression Group' since. But this is the one known worldwide for incredibly large, plump blooms that are a knock-out in the garden each spring. Not to mention stupendous arrangements when they're cut. (But remember, if you want them to return as perennials, don't cut!)

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. Pink Impression is No. 6.'

SKU 3TUL20
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 Pink
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 Pink Impression
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Healthy (5)
  • Accurate instructions (4)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Fragrant (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (4), Getting started (4)
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    • Personal (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Enormous, beautiful blooms! A must have!

American Meadows' Darwin tulips are prime stock and have never failed to be less than outstanding in my flower beds. They bloom every year and neighbors stop to admire them on a daily basis...Read complete review

American Meadows' Darwin tulips are prime stock and have never failed to be less than outstanding in my flower beds. They bloom every year and neighbors stop to admire them on a daily basis when in bloom.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not like the picture

Blooms were a pale faded pink, not like the picture. The bulbs were planted in a sunny bed that drains well. I will say they were large and pretty. They were just not...Read complete review

Blooms were a pale faded pink, not like the picture. The bulbs were planted in a sunny bed that drains well. I will say they were large and pretty. They were just not the color expected and only lasted about 8 days.

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5.0

Beautiful large blooms

By 

from Fredericksburg, VA

About Me Getting Started

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression:

    These tulips came in beautiful, tall & large. I was so pleased with their showing this year & look forward to them again next year.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Giant flowers

    By 

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Healthy
    • Large Bloom Size

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression:

    About 3/4 of these came up and they are TALL with GIANT blooms that are a normal shade of pink. I wouldn't say hot pink, but they're not pastel either.
    Overall, very happy with them, but they get too heavy & flop over when they start to bloom. I'll have to figure out how to stake them this year.

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Really reall y pretty

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    from Brockton, MA

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    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression:

    I love these. They managed to not be eaten! The color is more pastel than I expected but they look very pretty.

     
    5.0

    I waited all winter for this!!

    By 

    from Sterling,CO

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Raised Beds

      Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression:

      I ordered these tulips late last fall-Nov/Dec. I didn't get them planted until late so I didn't know if they would grow. My grandson helped me plant them-so that is special. Everyone of them came up and it is so fun to see them.
      I chose pink for breast cancer awareness.

       
      5.0

      a stunning display

      By 

      from Garden state

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      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 Pink Impression:

        These are just gorgeous couldn't be more happy with these tulips, large & showy long bloom life & perfect color. I couldn't be happier with this purchase & after our interminable winter this is just the tonic I was looking for! Loved them!

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful plink tulips

        By 

        from Virginia

        Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression:

        Delivery and service were excellent as usual.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        They were all rotten!!

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        from Wichita, Ks.

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              Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression:

              I was so disappointed. The entire box was rotten and mushy. So I didn't get to see any pretty hot pink tulip bulbs.
              I was to upset to send them back. Just threw them out and mourned the loss.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not like the picture

              By 

              from Draper, UT (Salt Lake Valley)

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Large Bulb Size
              • Low Maintenance
              • Reliable Growth

              Cons

              • Colors Not As Expected
              • Short Bloom Time

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression:

                Blooms were a pale faded pink, not like the picture. The bulbs were planted in a sunny bed that drains well. I will say they were large and pretty. They were just not the color expected and only lasted about 8 days.

                 
                5.0

                Impressive & Strong

                By 

                from Johnstown, NY

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Indoors

                  Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression:

                  Mass plantings are most impactive! I then can enjoy reaping for boquets without depleting my bed. I've gotten such rave reviews by taking boquets to work that my boss insisted I give him the information so he could get the same ones for his flower bed.

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                  • Personal
                   
                  5.0

                  Very Pretty

                  By 

                  from Nashua, NH

                  About Me Getting Started

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden

                    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression:

                    I have never planted bulbs before and have never done any real gardening. The directions that came with the bulbs were clear and easy to follow. All of the bulbs came up and now I have beautiful tulips along with some other flowers that I purchased. I will be purchasing more bulbs to add to my lovely garden.

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                    • Personal

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Enormous, beautiful blooms! A must have!

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                    from Fort Dodge, IA

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy
                    • Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Beds
                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression:

                      American Meadows' Darwin tulips are prime stock and have never failed to be less than outstanding in my flower beds. They bloom every year and neighbors stop to admire them on a daily basis when in bloom.

                      • 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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