Tulip Black Parrot 11/12
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
Slightly different to the great curling parrot tulips that join Black Parrot in this group.
The edges are deeply serrated and the form of the flower head is a wide cup shape.
It's parent Queen of Night is one of the darkest tulips available and this tulip has in herited the magnificent colouring.
Deep maroon and purple, the closest you'll get to an actual black colour in horticulture. However, when the sun shines through the petals they glow a stunning red.
Standing on a tall and sturdy green stem, tulip Black Parrot is a late flower. One of the last tulip bulbs to flower in spring.
An amazing addition to any bed, border or flower arrangement.
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.