This is the ninth post in a series which covers the tulip growing trial I conducted last winter and spring. In this short post, I would like to cover the two parrot tulips that I grew and in my tenth and final blog post, I intend to cover the peony tulip varieties that I grew.
All of my tulip bulbs (except for Camargue and Menton Unique, as they sold out really quickly) were sourced from Bulbs Direct, whose generous discount made it possible for me to conduct such an extensive growing trial last season. It’s not too late to order tulips for planting this season if you haven’t already done so. They still have a great range available on their website. If you missed out on any varieties you were after, I highly recommend placing your order as soon as the spring bulbs catalogue is launched online, which is usually in the middle of January. You can sign up to their free newsletters so you are notified exactly when they go on sale. Extremely popular varieties such as Alibi, Camargue and Menton Unique can sell out very quickly so it pays to move fast if you want to grow these varieties.
Just a little reminder that Bulbs Direct will happily pre-chill your tulip bulbs for you in their chiller if you live in a climate with mild winters, such as Auckland. Just pop a note in the comments section when you place your order. They will dispatch your tulips at the correct time for planting, so you can’t go wrong.
The parrot tulips
I grew the following two parrot tulips last winter.
Mascotte is a late flowering tulip. It has short to medium stems and is very pretty.
Irene Parrot flowered soon after Mascotte. It is also very pretty.