Flower Color Black Common Name Tulip Botanical Name Tulipa Parrot Black Parrot Light Requirements Partial shade / Full sun Bloom Time Mid to Late Spring Estimated Mature Height 16-20" tall Optimal planting spread 3-6" wide Planting Season Autumn Planting Depth 6-8 Inches deep Soil Moisture Average
Most spectacular of all tulips, ruffled and flared petals are splashed and striped with brilliant color combinations. The very big flowers look spectacular in the border. A sunny location is advisable, since these flowers open up almost completely on a sunny day, which gives a very special effect.
Parrot Tulips bloom in early April and have height of 16 inches. Bulb Size: 12/+ cm
The wonderful world of tulips includes some very exceptional ones. Distinctive examples are the winners of the annual Flower Bulb of the Year for 2013. The exceptional tulips in the Parrot Group produce flamboyant flowers that start blooming in April.
The decorative tulips in the Parrot Group get their name from their colourful, feather-like petals. There are more than 50 cultivars including ‘Apricot Parrot’, ‘Bright Parrot’, ‘Black Parrot’, ‘Blue Parrot’, ‘White Parrot’, ‘Yellow Sun’, ‘Estella Rijnveld’, ‘Parrot Pink Vision’ and 'Rococco'.
What is a parrot tulip?
A parrot tulip is a mutation of an ordinary tulip. In other words, it is the result of a genetic change. They have been selected for their ruffled, serrated petals from among late-flowering tulips and tulips in the Triumph Group. The first parrot tulips appeared during the seventeenth century in France but were not seen in the Netherlands until a century later.
An exotic shape
Parrot tulips are truly unique. Everything about them is larger and more decorative than other tulips. An average parrot tulip is 12 cm across. Their height ranges from 35 to 50 cm. And their fanciful shapes and gradations of colour make them real eye-catchers. And their deeply incised petals are painted with striking colour combinations. The opulent look of parrot tulips makes them the focal point in a bouquet.
Parrot tulips attract attention when still in bud. Even at this stage, they distinguish themselves from other tulips as they start to reveal their promise of spectacular elegance. You can recognize a parrot tulip even from a distance. Some parrots, like ‘Apricot Parrot’ and ‘Blue Parrot’, have yet another plus: a delightful fragrance.
Parrot tulips are perfect companions for perennials with decorative emerging leaves such as euphorbias or peonies. Beautiful in a border, they also look fabulous in large pots. A sunny, sheltered site is the best place for these tulips.
Tulip Black Parrot
Did you know that there are over 3,000 unique varieties of tulips?! Tulips were first introduced to Europe in 1559 and over the next 100 years led to a speculative craze in which single tulip bulbs were sold for over 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman.
Today tulips are loved for their beautiful, upright flowers and gorgeous array of colors.
How to Grow Tulip Bulbs:
1. In the Fall, choose a spot that is mostly sunny or has only light shade. Also make sure that the location has fairly good drainage and does not tend to get waterlogged.
2. Planting tulip bulbs is fairly simple. Bulbs look much like a small onion, sometimes with a spike or point on one side and sometimes with wiry roots growing out of one. Plant with the spike pointing up.
3. Follow the rule of thumb when planting bulbs and give the bulbs at least 2 times their height of soil above them. Dig a 6-7 inch hole, drop the bulb into it and cover with soil.
4. Regarding the spacing between bulbs, if planting in beds, leave approx 5-6 inches between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can cluster them a little closer together.
5. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.
6. Tulip bulbs will flower in the spring. After the flowers die back in late spring or early summer, let the plant enjoy a drier, warmer rest period. After leaves die back, stop watering so that the bulb can rest.
7. In cooler zones, you can leave the tulip bulbs in the ground over winter so that they can receive their required period of winter cooling in order to flower the following Spring.
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Fall Planted bulbs are shipped from September through December.Orders placed before Sept 15:Expect your order to arrive mid September at your location.Orders placed Sept 15 to Dec 15:Orders are shipped the same week that they are placed.