Giant Darwin Tulips, known as perennials due to their great return, are some of the most popular varieties of tulips. Darwin tulips were brought in to the US in 1951 and were created by crossing “the Fosteriana Tulips” with “Old Darwin Tulips”. Along with Single Late Tulips, Darwin Tulips are the tallest of the respective floral family.
Giant Darwin Tulips are known for their enormous size and brilliant colors. The buds are almost perfectly pyramid shaped when closed but they can measure as much as 6" in diameter when fully blossomed. That’s pretty large for a tulip flower!
Unlike many types of tulips which only look good for the first couple of years, Giant Darwin Tulips will come out looking great year after year when planted in a sunny spot with reasonably good drainage.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when growing giant Darwin tulips:
- Their flowering season ranges from mid-April to May
- The finest bulbs are at least 12 cm (yes, we’ve got those!)
- Tulip flower height varies from 20" to 26"
- When planting, plant 6" to 8" deep and 6" apart
A few varieties of Giant Darwin Tulips even have a light fragrance whereas the rest of them are unscented yet just as charming to the eye. But with the right mix, we can blend them all to create the “just right” combination of captivating flowers. Check out our Giant Darwin Tulips Mixed Collection to sample the best of the best of giant Darwin tulips.