Tulip Uncle Tom

Tulip Uncle Tom bulbs produce a deep maroon coloured flower. The double petals give the flower head a large round form. With quite a long stem Tulip Uncle Tom is a fantastic bulb for flowering at the end of the tulip season. They look good when contrasting with Mount Tacoma.

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1 - 2 £10.25
3 - 5 £6.77
6+ £4.92

£10.25 (inc. VAT)

Pack of 10 bulb(s)

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Specifications:

  • Colour: Red
  • Height: 45cm
  • Bulb Size: 10/11cm
  • Dutch cultivated

Good For:

  • Beds and borders
  • Cut flowers

How to grow:

  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil Type: Moist
  • Position: Full sun
  • Bulbs per m2: 75
  • Planting depth: 12cm

More Information

Tulip Uncle Tom is a deep maroon colour. The double petals give the flower head a large round form. With quite a long stem Tulip Uncle Tom is a fantastic bulb for flowering at the end of the tulip season. Dark colours make great accompaniment to other tulips for your display. Choose a lighter tulip with a similar flowering time in late May such as Mount Tacoma or La Belle Epoque

It also makes for an impressive cut flower. Remember although it is tempting to use up spring flowers in one vase, you can’t mix daffodils and tulips together as the daffodils will make the tulips droop.

How to plant

Tulip Uncle Tom bulbs are simple to plant. They will go in any soil so long as it is free draining. Tulip bulbs do not like to get too wet over winter but they need plenty of water once they are actively growing. If you plant them in pots, adding drainage is helpful but make sure there is lots of room for the roots to develop and don’t let the soil dry out. Compost can dry out very quickly and doesn’t take water very well when it has dried out. A mix of loam, compost and garden soil is something I find quite successful.

Plant the bulb with the point up and 10-15cm deep with around 5-10cm space between the bulbs. It doesn’t have to be exact as the bulbs will find their way into the right position.

When do I plant Tulip bulbs?

Tulip bulbs will be shipped to you from the middle of September once we have received the bulbs. The optimum time to plant tulips is in Autumn, when the soil has cooled down from October to December, but you can plant as late as January. Tulip bulbs need a spell of 6 weeks of cold weather to activate them into flowering in spring.

How do I plant Tulip bulbs?

Tulip bulbs start with a good source of moisture and nutrients stored within the bulb, so you don’t need to feed, soak, or prepare them in any way. To get the best results, plant them in moist soil during autumn, this will activate the growth of the roots before winter.

Tulip bulbs can be planted in a sunny position or semi-shade, with well-drained slightly acidic or neutral soil. The sun will make the tulip flowers open very wide, but they close again overnight. Taller varieties should be sheltered from strong winds to avoid stem breakage.

Plant tulip bulbs 10-15cm deep in well-draining soil. Place 5-10cm apart to stop the roots competing and the foliage getting cramped. Tulip bulbs produce a lot of roots that don’t like to sit in water, but once they start growing make sure they don’t dry out. If planting in pots, make sure they have good drainage and lots of room for the roots to develop. Pots can dry out quite quickly so a loam soil is often best.

How do I store tulip bulbs?

Once your Tulips have bloomed you can deadhead the flowers but do not remove the leaves. These will ensure the bulbs are able to gather and store the energy needed to bloom again the following year.

Tulip bulbs can be kept in the ground all year round, but you may find that they don’t put on as much of a display as the previous year. Complex tulips such as double need a large bulb to put on a good display. When the tulip has flowered the bulb splits into many smaller bulbs. Most of these will not be any use for flowering the next year. You can keep them for the future but we recommend lifting the bulbs at the end of the season.

If you are going to lift them, once the foliage has yellowed and died back, it can be removed, then carefully dig the tulip bulbs up. Clean the soil off and let the bulbs dry. Discard any damaged ones. Store tulip bulbs in nets or paper bags, but make sure you label them. Keep in a cool dark place ready to replant in the Autumn. You can read more about why and how you should lift tulip bulbs.

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