Class 2: Double Early Tulips

Double Early Tulips all have more than the normal six petals. Some have so many petals that they look more like peonies than tulips. They don't come in as wide a selection of colours as some other types of tulips, but on sunny days, when they are completely open, the blossoms can be as wide as 4" (10 cm) across!

The stems are fairly short but very strong and sturdy, and the blooms are very long lasting. These are excellent flowers for containers.

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

Flowering time:Early spring.

Double Early Tulips flower at about the same time as Single Early Tulips.

Plant height:8 - 16" (20 - 40 cm); average: 10 - 12" (25 - 30 cm)
Minimum planting depth:6" (15 cm)
Hardiness zones: suitable for zones 3 - 7
Colours:white, pink, yellow, orange, red
Shape/form:multipetalled; open fully in sun
Alternate names:none
Notes:good for containers, rock gardens, beds, and borders
Example varieties: Abba = Carlton (red), Bonanza (deep orange and yellow), Monte Carlo* (yellow), Montreux* (peach), Mr. van der Hoef* (yellow), Peach Blossom* (pink), Orange Nassau (reddish orange), Schoonord* (white), Sven Dahlman (cherry pink)

Abba Bonanza Monte Carlo


Peach Blossom Schoonord Montreux


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