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Tulips: Tulipa 'Merry Widow'

Botanical name: Tulipa 'Merry Widow'

Common name: triumph tulip

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 3a thru 7b


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Tulip 'Merry Widow' blooms are red and white cheerleaders for the team spring. Recall peppermint candies, old-fashioned striped barber poles, and checked picnic cloths, maybe even your school colors. Red and white blooms on 12-inch stems are ideal for planters, window boxes, anywhere you want to draw attention! hrives where summers are dry and winters are cold. Treated as an annual where summers are hot and long. Plant in fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly acid soil where they will receive full or at least afternoon sun. Water periodically, fertilizing with an organic liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks. Once flowering is complete, remove spent flowers and allow foliage to yellow and wither for 6 weeks prior to removing it. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman


A cross between single early tulips and late-flowering species produced the triumph tulip. This group is, indeed, triumphant in both the size and color selection of the blooms. A genus with around 100 species, tulips are divided into 15 distinguishing divisions. Best planted in large drifts, tulips can be used in rock gardens, containers, overplantings above perennials, forced indoors, and used as a cut flower. Make your selections according to what zone you live in. Largest selections are available for zones 4 to 6, fewer for 7 to 8 and bulbs grown as annuals in zones 9 to 10 must be pre-cooled at 40 to 45 degrees, 8 to 10 weeks prior to planting.

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