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Tulips Species Tulip batalinii Red Hunter
Bright green semi-prostrate foliage forms a lovely contrast to the fiery scarlet red flowers. A delightful Tulip which has been selected by the Royal Horticultural Society to mark its bicentenary. Flowers in April.
Height: 15cm / 6"
RHS Award of Garden Merit: RHS Award of Garden Merit
Flowering Time: April
Primary Colour: Red
Recommended For Showing: Yes
- Time for planting
This Species Tulip is a favourite amongst the visitors to our show garden at Pashley Manor in East Sussex. Especially well known for the ability to return year on year, it's one of the best red species tulips available providing long-lasting colour from April onwards.
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.