Growing Fringed Tulips: Fringed Tulip Information And Care
What Is A Fringed Tulip?
A fussed or fringed tulip is a type of bulbous flower with multiple petals and several stamens (the part of the flower where the seeds are located). These flowers have been grown from seed since ancient times. They were used to decorate the royal courts of Europe during the Renaissance period. However, they never became popular in America until the late 19th century when Charles William Eliot started growing them commercially.
The name “fringed” comes from the fact that these bulbs resemble a frayed ribbon. The term “tulip” refers to their shape and size; it does not refer to whether or not they are ever actually red or yellow.
How Do You Grow Them?
You can grow any type of bulbous flower from seed. In fact, you can grow them from the actual seeds or from baby bulbs (also called “corms” and “bulbs”). You can also purchase them from a nursery.
You will need to start your fringed tulip bulbs six to eight weeks before the last frost in your area. Find a well-lit space that is free of drafts. Arrange your bulbs so that they are barely covered with soil.
Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. If it starts to dry out, add more water, but do not over-water them. They need sunlight to grow, but if they get too much sun they may “bleach” or become white and sickly.
You can also grow your bulbs in pots and bring them inside if there is a threat of a hard freeze. This process is also known as “hibernating” them.
How Big Do They Get?
The fringed tulip can grow to be between two and three feet high. It blooms between the months of April and May. During this time, they will produce one or more flowers that resemble a cup or a bowl. These flowers come in a wide variety of colors, including red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, black and brown.
What Do They Smell Like?
The fringed tulip’s scent can be described as clove-like. It has been described in some sources as spicy and in others as sweet. They have a distinctive fragrance that many people enjoy.
Are They Easy To Grow?
Fringed tulips are relatively easy to grow. As long as you plant them correctly and keep them watered, they shouldn’t give you too many problems. You might have to thin out the plants if they start to get overcrowded. It is important that you let the plants grow for around four weeks before you touch or move them.
Some people also choose to plant them in pots and then add the pots to window boxes or other areas around the home. This allows them to be moved around more easily and gives you a greater degree of flexibility as to where the flowers can be located.
What Do You Do With Them?
Fringed bulbs make excellent cut flowers. You can pick all the stems that you want and they will keep their fragrance for up to two weeks. If left unchecked, they can reseed themselves in your garden. If you don’t want this to happen, don’t let the flowers go to seed.
Where Do They Grow?
Fringed tulips can be found growing in the wild in North America, in areas between the Great Lakes and the Appalachian Mountains. They can also be found in Eastern and Central Europe, including parts of Germany, Romania and Ukraine.
Fringed Tulip Trivia
The fringed tulip is a relatively new variety. It was first discovered growing in the wild in Tennessee in the late 1800s.
Also, if you were wondering about the black and yellow version of this flower, it actually doesn’t have a scent.
Sources & references used in this article:
The tulip: botany, usage, growth, and development by AA De Hertogh, LH Aung, M Benschop – Hort. Rev, 1983 – Wiley Online Library
” Encouraging,” Not Forcing Bulbs by L Dobbs – 2003 – Macmillan
The Tulip: The Story of a Flower That Has Made Men Mad by D Hinkamp – 2001 – digitalcommons.usu.edu
Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists by PF PARKER – Infraspecific Classification of Wild and Cultivated …, 1986 – Clarendon Press
Taylor’s Guide to Bulbs: How to Select and Grow 480 Species of Spring and Summer Bulbs by JH Dick – 1917 – AT De La Mare Company …
Growing California native plants by EE Rexford – 1911 – Penn Publishing Company