Growing Fringed Tulips: Fringed Tulip Information And Care

By: Teo Spengler

Fringed tulip flowers have a distinct fringed area on the tips of their petals. If you think fringed tulip varieties would be nice in your garden, read on. We’ll give you enough fringed tulip information to get you on your way.

What is a Fringed Tulip?

To many gardeners, tulips are the sign that spring is right around the bend. The bright-blossomed flowers are the most popular bulb plants, and some 3,000 varieties are available.

Fringed tulip flowers are relatively new to the scene, and fringed tulip varieties have quickly gained a following. What is a fringed tulip? It is a type of tulip with finely incised fringe on the edges of the petals. According to fringed tulip information, this type of tulip comes in many colors and heights.

Like regular tulips, the fringed variety is a bulb plant and should be set into the ground in autumn.

Fringed Tulip Information

You will find many fringed tulip varieties available in commerce. Some have fringes in the same color as the petals, but others have contrasting fringes. For example, ‘Bell Song’ has lovely coral flowers, yet the fringe tipping the pink petals is white. This variety of fringed tulip flowers grows to 20 inches (50 cm.) tall and blooms in mid-to-late spring.

Another of the delightful fringed tulip varieties is ‘Cummins,’ with extra-large fringed tulip flowers. The blossoms can grow to 4 inches (10 cm.) wide and open in late spring. The petals are lavender-purple on the outside, but white on the inside and sport showy white fringe.

‘Flaming parrot’ is in-your-face flamboyant. The fringed blooms are enormous, and the petals are twisted and vibrantly colored, bright yellow with prominent red striping. They start blooming mid-to-late season.

Or how about ‘Davenport,’ a head-turner with deep crimson leaves and canary fringes. It can grow to 18 inches (45 cm.) tall. For pure elegance, try ‘Swan Wings,’ offering fragrant snow-white blossoms delicately fringed in white.

Growing Fringed Tulips

Given how incredibly showy the fringed tulip flowers are, you might think that bringing them into your garden would require a lot of work. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Like regular tulips, it’s easy to start growing fringed tulips. Plant the bulbs in autumn, in well-draining soil that gets full sunlight.

You can start growing fringed tulips in the flower beds, but that’s not all. They also thrive in outdoor containers or can be forced indoors in winter too.

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Parrot and fringed tulips to grow

Looking for unusual tulips to grow? Look no further than these frilled and parrot varieties.

Published: Monday, 22 April, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Spring wouldn’t be spring without tulips. Easy to grow, they are great for filling gaps in borders and also look fabulous in pots.

Parrot tulips are the most flamboyant of them all. Their large flowers have wavy, twisted or deeply frilled petals and they are often brightly coloured or two-toned. They tend to flower in mid to late spring on tall stems. They don’t stand up too well to wind and rain, so plant them in a sheltered spot.

Fringed tulips are a relatively new introduction. They have elegant, cup shaped flowers, with ragged edges that look as if they have been edged with pinking shears. They are relatively compact and flower in late spring.

Thanks to their vivid colours and eye-catching petal shapes, parrot and fringed tulips make great cut flowers.

Here are some good parrot and fringed varieties to grow.

Tulip ‘Flaming Parrot’

Tulips don’t come much more flamboyant than ‘Flaming Parrot’ – the twisting, feathery canary-yellow petals are dramatically streaked with red. It’s an eye-catching addition to a border or pot and makes a good cut flower.
Flowers: Late April to May

Tulip ‘Estella Rijnveld’

‘Estella Rijnveld’ is a beautiful variety that has bi-coloured, red and white petals and grey-green leaves. It makes a beautiful cut flower. It’s a tall-stemmed variety, so plant in a sheltered spot. Flowers: Late April to May

Tulip ‘Black Parrot’

‘Black Parrot’ is one of the darkest tulips you can grow – the flowers are blackish-purple. It looks spectacular when planted with white-flowered tulips and makes a striking cut flower – you can appreciate irregular, wavy petals more easily in a vase. It should come back year after year.
Flowers: Late April to May

Tulip ‘Glasnost’

‘Glasnost’ has bold red flowers that are edged with yellow. The fringed petals gives the flowerheads a ruffled effect.
Flowers: Late April to May

Tulip ‘Fancy Frills’

The petals of ‘Fancy Frills’ start off pure white, before the upper part of the petals turn pink, with white fringed edges. A stunning variety that looks great in borders and pots – and in a vase.
Flowers: Late April to May

Tulip ‘Oviedo’

‘Oviedo’ is an ornate tulip that has lilac-pink and white fringed flowers topped with a white crystalline edge.
Flowers: May

Replant every year

Some tulips flower reliably year after year, but for the best display, plant fresh bulbs every autumn.

20 Best Types of Tulips That'll Look Stunning in Your Garden

These gorgeous varieties of tulips are perfect for spring!

Tulips are like no other flower in your garden with their brilliant colors, striking shapes, and stately height. These gorgeous spring flowers, planted as bulbs in the fall, are a must-have for any garden or future landscaping ideas. There are several types of tulips that come in so many different colors and forms. Tulips can bloom anywhere from March to May (depending on the type) and don’t always bloom again in subsequent years, so they’re often treated as annuals. Because of this, you'll want to gather your gardening tools and get to planting each year! You can pre-order your bulbs online for fall shipping to get the best selection and most unique varieties.

Tulips grow in USDA hardiness zones two to nine, but if you live in zones eight or nine, you should buy pre-cooled bulbs so they'll bloom despite the dry, hot climate. Also, plant the bulbs in full sun, which is defined as six or more hours per day, sometime after the first frost but before the ground freezes. Plant them pointy-side up in groupings, rather than single bulbs, for the prettiest effect. Finally, to keep rodents away, try to spray each bulb with an animal repellant before planting (have a pair of gardening gloves handy for this!). You can also layer flowers that aren't as delectable to critters like daffodils on top or beside them in a pot for extra protection. Follow these tips, and you'll have gorgeous varieties of tulips blooming before you know it!

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