Following on from my first blog post about my tulip growing trial last winter, I would like to try and cover as many of the 49 varieties that I grew as I can. I hope this information is useful to other gardeners both in New Zealand and overseas. I have arranged them into categories and by colour where appropriate.
Single flowering white varieties
I absolutely love white tulips. There is something so pure and elegant about them. I grew the following single flowering white tulips last winter.
Here is some more information about each of them, as well as some photos.
This is probably one of the top performing tulips I grew in the trial. It was early to flower, incredibly beautiful and lasted a very long time in a vase. I grew 200 of this variety as Bulbs Direct had a bulk discount offer on them and I did not regret it. We enjoyed having lots of bunches of these tulips indoors and gave some to friends.
Snowboard is another early flowering single white tulip variety with long stems, making it perfect for picking.
Clearwater is an outstanding early flowering white tulip and one of my favourites, second only perhaps to White Dynasty. It has incredibly long stems.
This is another early flowering white tulip with medium stems. It is beautiful.
White Dream had very short stems compared to the other varieties I grew, so it is suitable for arranging in a shorter vase.
Finally, a massive thank you to the New Zealand bulbs supplier Bulbs Direct for giving me an extremely generous discount on my order as part of our collaboration. Without their generosity, it would not be possible for me to conduct such an extensive growing trial with so many different tulip varieties. Don’t forget that it’s not too late to order tulips for planting this season. They still have a really good range available on their website.