4 bulbs/pack. Turkestan, as geography fans will know, is situated in modern-day Kazakhstan - the bit between Turkey and Mongolia. It's a rugged harsh climate which means these beautiful bulbs should stand up to anything our outback can throw at them, cold or hot. And in a milder Aussie garden, they'll shine out through spring with golden-white starry blooms.
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DESCRIPTION: Species form of tulip with a compact size, strappy leaves, satiny flower cups which vary from golden yellow with white petal tips, to almost all white with golden centres. Up to 12 flowers per bulb on mature plants. USE IN: Hot sunny borders, poor soils, rock gardens; treat it mean to keep it keen and flowering. PLANTING: The traditional time to plant tulips is around mothers' day but any time in late autumn-early winter is fine.
Tulips thrive in free draining neutral to alkaline soil. Prepare clay soil using a clay-breaker; add lime to acid soils; and dig in well-composted manure or mulch to help with drainage. Add grit or gravel to your planting holes if your soil is heavy, or plant up into containers. Cover soil with a good layer of mulch to help regulate soil temperature. Bulbs prefer an open sunny location or filtered sun in warmer climates. Plant tulips towards the end of autumn for best results. CARE: Once planted, water the soil to set the bulb in place. An occasional light watering is all that's needed until the first flowers appear. Water and feed weekly or if the soil becomes dry, give a good deep water. Once flowering is finished leave plants to die back, it's not the prettiest sight but don't be tempted to trim the yellowing foliage. The nutrients are being drawn back into the bulbs for next year. When the bulbs die back completely remove spent foliage and leave in place for next season. CLIMATE: Hot summers, cool winters for preference. Hardy to -10C.