We were first introduced to Species Tulips (Tulipa) by Shirley Tonkin and we now have more of these in the garden than the modern cultivars.
Generally smaller growing than the hybrids, they are no less colorful and in our opinion easier to grow and hardier than their florist shop relatives.
In the Australian climate they thrive, a hot summer is no problem as they are dormant anyway, and as long as the soil is well drained you are pretty much on the way to successful growth.
Species Tulips – Varieties
When you see names like Tulipa aucheriana (pictured above right), hageri, kaufmanniana, kolpakowskiana, marjoletti, mauritiana, saxatalis, sylverstris, turkestanica and whittallii you are looking at the plants that have been hybridised to create the modern cultivars.
- grow in the garden in a well drained humus rich soil in a sunny position
- in pots or containers again, good sun and a well drained soil
- fertilise with an all purpose liquid seaweed fertiliser
- divide every three to four years to prevent species tulips from overcrowding
You can buy Species Tulips from the following nurseries in Australia
'Sylvan Vale' 375 Olinda Creek Rd, Kalorama, VIC.3766
Including a large range of Rare and unusual bulbs, corms and perennials
400 Huon Rd South Hobart TAS 7004
Cool climate bulbs for the collector and the gardener. Wide range of crocus, cyclamen, galanthus and fritillaria in Australia
365 Lighthouse Rd Wynyard. TAS 7325
PH 03 6442 2012
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2 Jacksons Hill Rd, Menzies Creek VIC 3159
Hundreds of different varieties of daffodils as well as other beautiful spring & autumn flowering bulbs for home gardeners. Free colour catalogues available. Tulips, Daffodils,Alliums, Freesias, Iris and many other bulbs.