Tulip Black Parrot 11/12 Bulb
Delivery: From end August
A truly showstopping tulip. The luscious deep purple black of the Black Parrot tulip is matched by its unusual twisted, fringed form. An excellent foil against lighter tulips especially peach and orange varieties.
Heirloom Tulip classified 1937
|Colour||Black, Maroon, Purple|
|Delivery||From end August|
|Height (Mature plant)||50 cm|
|Month of Blooming||April (Late), May (Early)|
|Planting Time||Autumn, Winter|
|Planting density (per m2)||60-75|
|Planting position||Front, Middle, Back|
|Size||11 - 12cm Bulb|
|Special Features||Good for Cut Flowers, RHS Award of Garden Merit, Heirloom|
|Suitable for Pots||Yes|
|Type of Soil||Fertile, Well Drained|
Tulip Black Parrot
A centrepiece for any garden. Tulip Black parrot is effortlessly stylish. 6 highly ruffled and fringed petals of the deepest darkest maroon. It’s actually hard to pinpoint the true colour, in different lights they appear purple, red and black. All tulips have a slight coating on the surface, a waxy white substance, that once again alters the many changing colours of this very special tulip. Also common are streaks of green, like green flames whipping up the outside of the tulip.
Many parrot tulips are overly heavy with their extravagant blooms but Black parrot stands tall and upright. Making it a perfect candidate for cutting. Tulip black parrot is 50cm tall.
Is tulip black parrot perennial?
It may come back for a second year but parrot tulips need a large bulb to perform well. We provide size 11/12 which is a really good size. You don’t need to buy the biggest, often you are paying over the odds for a little extra starch in the bulbs! 11/12 will give you a perfect flower at the best price. However, once tulip bulbs have finished flowering they can divide into smaller bulbs which will not give you such great results.
How to Grow
Tulip bulbs are easy to grow. Essentially, put them in some soil in autumn and leave them to grow. Bulbs have their own store of nutirents, all they need is the cold weather of winter and some rain to wet the soil. Once the tempertature is right they'll begin their growth cycle.
However, as gardeners you'll know that you can't rely on the weather.
So, for a successful display we recommend planting in well draining soil. This prevents the soil from holding too much water and potentially rotting the roots.
Plant them 10-15cm deep. It's hard to guage exact depths when you're digging in soil. So long as the bulb is protected from the elements and near enough to the surface that it doesn't exhaust it self breaking through.
Water lightly over winter, they aren't actively growing at this stage.
Water regularly in spring. The tulip bulbs will need a regular source of water or the flower heads will shrivel before they've even started.
Plant in a sunny or semi-shaded position. Tulips love the sun but grow just as well in dappled light.