Plant of the Month for May 2024

Tulipa tarda

Description and General Information:

This tulip is native to sub-alpine meadows of the Tien Shan Mountains, central Asia. Plants reach 10-15 cm tall, with narrow, glossy leaves to 20 cm in length.  The flowers are produced in clusters of 2-6 in early to mid-spring. Individual 5-7 cm diameter flowers are star-shaped, yellow with a white tip.

Tulipa tarda


This is among the easiest species tulip to cultivate.  Plant the bulbs 10-15 cm deep in autumn.  The soil should be well-drained but unlike many species tulips, this species can tolerate more humusy soil. It is not fussy about the soil pH. It is hardy through zone 3.

Blooming Season:

March in the south to May in the north.

Tulipa tarda


This tulip naturally multiplies quite easily.  Larger clumps may be dug and divided once the foliage turns yellow.  Seeds may be sown in the autumn, with free germination in spring.  It takes about 3-4 years for seeds to reach flowering size.

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