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Tulips Alibi

Lilac Triump Tall Tulip Bulbs
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  • Availability: Supplied from mid-late August until December
  • Bulb Size: 10/11
  • Characteristics: On tall stems form single blooms of lavender-purple colours.
  • Flowering Period: April/May
  • Flowering Height: 45cm
  • Planting & Care: Plant 15cm deep in fertile, well drained soils in full sun.

Alibi is a member of the division 3, Triumph Tulip group, one of the tallest forms of tulips. The closed petals of this bloom curl tightly inward, showing off a mostly smooth petal with light streaking and colourations in a range of lavender-purples and deep pinks.

A mid-season bloom, Alibi can be grown in moderate to fertile soils in full sun. Use these gorgeous blooms as cut flowers for arrangements or bouquets. Can be forced to bloom early indoors and while showy initially, the blooms will diminish over the years.

Tulips (Tulipa) are one of the most prevalent herbaceous bulbiferous geophytes, a plant which dies and stores energy for future growth in an underground bulb. Tulips are generally very easy to grow and as such are common spring flowers. Tulips come in a variety of shapes and size and do well in a variety of garden scenarios including flowerbeds, patio pots/containers and garden borders. Tulips are also well-known for cut flower arrangements and decorative displays.

Tulip flowers will generally thrive and return yearly, although the quality of their beauty may diminish after time. They are perennial and will most likely return year after year. Centuries of cultivation have created a dazzling array of hybrids with the full spectrum of the rainbow available.

How to grow tulips - Plant tulip bulbs in the fall season, approximately 6-8 weeks before a frost, in neutral to alkaline, fertile soil about 10-15cm apart with as much sunlight as possible, but ensure they are sheltered from strong winds. Plant the bulbs 3-4 times the diameter of the bulb, this usually is within the range of 7 to 20 cm. Please note, the bulbs should not be exposed on the surface.

How to care for tulips after the bloom – Deadhead the blooms after they begin to fade, keep the leaves until they have discoloured and faded. As leaves are producing energy for the bulb, ensure that the leaves finish the growing cycle which in turn will produce strong, good bulbs for the following season.

Due to hybridization, many plants will fade in their blooms if grown year after year, this often occurs after the second or third season. Tulips should not be grown in the same soil for several years, so replace with fresh soil every other year.

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