Class 1: Single Early Tulips

As their name suggests, these tulips bloom early in the season. In addition to their early appearance, they have several other attractive qualities:

Single Early Tulips are known for having very strong stems. This means that they will stand up extremely well to wind and rain, unlike some other types of tulips (for example, Parrot Tulips).

They are available in many different colours, both jewel tones and pastels.

Some varieties of Single Early Tulips have a fragrance; I have indicated which ones by putting an asterisk (*) after the name of the variety.

Flowering time:early spring

Single Early Tulips usually flower after the Fosteriana and Kaufmanniana Tulips, but before the Single Late and most other varieties of Tulip.

Plant height:8 - 20" (20 - 50 cm); average: 10 - 18" (25 - 46 cm)
Minimum planting depth:6" (15 cm)
Hardiness zones: suitable for zones 3 - 8
Colours:white, pink, apricot, yellow, orange, red, purple
Shape/form:cup-shaped, one flower per stem; 6 petals, usually pointed
Alternate names:none
Notes:good for rock gardens, beds, borders, and for indoor forcing
oldest group of tulips in cultivation
Example varieties:Beauty Queen* (apricot), Bellona* (yellow), Bestseller (reddish-orange), Brilliant Star (red), Christmas Dream (pink), Christmas Marvel* (cherry), Couleur Cardinal* (dark red), Diamond (white and red), Diana* (white), Flair (red with yellow edges), General de Wet* (orange), Keizerskroon* (red with yellow edges), Merry Christmas (red), Purple Prince (purple), Sunray (yellow), Van der Neer (mauve-purple), White Cascade (white)

Christmas Dream Diana Couleur Cardinal


Beauty Queen Purple Prince General de Wet


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