Deepest blood-red cup-shaped flowers on short stems open in earliest spring . Growing wild on the stony hills of North West Iran, it is happy in cold gardens, but like most wild tulips it is best kept in a well-drained spot in the summer. There is no need to lift it as it will happily grow, and indeed spread, in the same position for many years. Richard Wilford in his indispensible book "Tulips" writes “This really is one of the most alluring of the smaller tulip species.”
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination. Many species will only germinate in the spring after a good chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on seedlings in small pots before planting out into sharply draining compost in a pot, or the open ground in a well-drained spot.
Packet Content:10 (Approx)