Darwin Tulip Bulbs Beauty of Apeldoorn

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The Apeldoorn is a famous multi-colored tulip variety with big, orange flowers and delicate red flames on every petal. It is 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 8TUL10
Here's one of the most luscious tulips ever created. The famous Apeldoorn group (Apeldoorn is a city in Holland) leads the Darwin Hybrid group, and this is one of the true beauties among them. In addition to a lush peachy/orange color, Beauty of Apeldoorn has an incredible overlay of delicate red flame on every petal. The flowers are large, and the flower shape superb, as the photo shows.

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 8TUL10
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, Orange
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 Beauty of Apeldoorn
 
3.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

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5.0

Large and beautiful!

By 

from Colorado

About Me Casual Hobbyist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fragrant
  • Large Bulb Size
  • Low Maintenance
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

  • Short Bloom Time

Best Uses

    Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Beauty of Apeldoorn:

    These tulips were delivered as expected last fall and every single bulb bloomed this spring! The flowers were huge and full of beautiful colors! I only wish they bloomed longer; only about 2 weeks.

     
    4.0

    beautiful if they pop up

    By 

    from glen ellyn, il

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Large Bulb Size
    • Long Bloom Time
    • Low Maintenance

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Beauty of Apeldoorn:

        I expected better than 80% success rate but we did have a harsh winter - flowers are nice

         
        2.0

        just yellow

        By 

        from NY, NY

        About Me Getting Started

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Colors Not As Expected
        • Short Bloom Time
        • Susceptible to Pests

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Beauty of Apeldoorn:

          after a long autumn war with squirrels, 2 came up, they were plain yellow which was very disappointing, they lasted about a week.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          They came up beautiful. Would recommend

          By 

          from Rochester, NY

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Containers
            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Beauty of Apeldoorn:

            They came up wonderful! Would definately reorder

             
            4.0

            Have to wait til next season

            By 

            from Gardendale, Alabama

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            Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Beauty of Apeldoorn:

            These bulbs I planted late so I will have to wait til next season to see, however they came as healthy large bulbs

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            not what i expected

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            from Eau Claire WI

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

            • Large Bulb Size
            • Long Bloom Time
            • Low Maintenance

            Cons

            • Colors Not As Expected

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Darwin Tulip Bulbs Beauty of Apeldoorn:

              My tulips came up yellow instead of orange. One tulip out of 10 was orange with the red flame. As they aged, they did deepen to a slight orange a few days before the petals dropped. They were beautiful yellow, but I already had daffodils for yellow and was hoping for the orange.

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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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