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Tulips Fringed Tulip Barbados
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Barbados is a crimson red Fringed Tulip with waxy petals which start a solid green. Their beautiful and artistic flowers work well in floral arrangements and help create a stunning focal point in the garden. Previously linked to the Parrot Tulips, Fringed Tulips differ due to their clearly defined crystalline fringe as opposed to the deeper cut feathering effect. Barbados will flower in April to May and will grow to 50cm.
Caring for Tulips
Tulip bulbs require plenty of water from January onwards. This is especially important if your bulbs are in pots, as not enough water is the most common cause of the flowers coming up blind.
Tulips will thrive in almost any type of soil where there is reasonable drainage. During the growing season they like plenty of moisture but the roots must not stand in water. Be careful not to feed tulips during the growing season as this will produce 'leggy' plants. Plant from October until late December 4 inches deep and approximately 5 to 6 inches apart.
Tulip failures are mostly due to damage by slugs and snails. Apply a slug repellant immediately after planting and repeat at monthly intervals until the plants stand well above the ground.
Note: If you are using one of the many available bulb planters be sure that the soil in the whole planting area is well worked to prevent any sitting water at the bottom of the hole made by the planter.