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Tulipa Affaire

Tulipa 'Affaire'

Tulipa 'Affaire'


Pack of 10
Item # 36460-PK-10

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An amazing new Victory Tulip hybrid, 'Affaire' (a cross between Single Early and Darwin Hybrid) is medium-sized with standard bloom time, but the head of the pack for beauty and vigor! The finely cut ivory blooms, edged in vibrant pink-violet that fades into other portions of the petal, provide a breathtaking effect!

This crossing of tulip favorites combines the earlier bloom time of Single Early Tulips and the increased health, stem strength, and bloom size of Darwin Hybrid Tulips. The result is a specimen of exceptional combination of health, vigor, and early season color! Victory hybrids also contain another a key feature setting them apart: the very angular shapes of their blooms. This unique new combination should become another popular characteristic for tulip fans!

Like other tulips, 'Affaire' thrives in sun and can adapt to most well-drained soil types, though compacted or heavy clay soils that hold standing water require grit, compost, or soil conditioner. Bren bred for generations in Southern Russia by the Dutch bulb market, 'Affaire' can handle cold winters: these cold-hardy bulbs thrive when they get plenty of chill hours. In warmer zones (7 and 8), Tulips like more shade, with just some morning sun.

Plant 'Affaire' about 8 inches deep, digging the hole a little deeper and add some kitty litter or crushed gravel. This grit will help you achieve the drainage that is vital for tulip beds, and will also deter pests such as rodents, which love to eat the bulbs. Water the bulbs after planting to help them break out of dormancy, but afterwards don't worry about watering; tulips thrive happily in dry conditions! Pack of 10 bulbs. Zones 3 to 8.

Planting Spring-Blooming Bulbs

With Wayside’s bulbs, growing gorgeous flowers is as easy as Dig, Drop, Done.


Dig:

The first thing you want to do is pick your spot and dig the hole for your bulbs. Avoid places with standing water, as this could cause bulb rot. A good rule of thumb when planting is to dig down 3 times the height of the bulb, but you should follow the specific instructions for your bulb. Make sure to space out your bulbs to give your plants the right amount of room to grow later.

Drop:

Now put your bulbs in the ground, pointy side up. For fall planting, be sure to get the bulbs in before the first frost. For spring planting, the time varies by plant. Afterwards, cover the bulbs with soil and then water them in. This helps wake the bulbs up from dormancy and get them growing again.

Now you’re Done!

Just sit back and wait, and in the spring your bulbs will sprout up and reward you with their beautiful blooms throughout the season. Growing flowers from Wayside bulbs really is that easy!


Videos courtesy of the Dig Drop Done Foundation.