|Latin name:||Tulipa 'Barbados'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as bulb or tuber|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow, Shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||April - May|
|Growing Height:||60 cm|
|Planting distance:||10 - 15 cm|
|Planting depth:||10 cm|
|Bulb circumference:||11 cm|
As soon as possible after receiving the ‘Barbados’ tulip bulbs, plant them in the garden, a flower pot or a window-box. These tulip bulbs must be kept in a frost-free area until planting. Potted bulbs planted are generally speaking not frost-resistant.
Plant the bulbs in a hole that is three times as deep as the height of the bulbs - a 5 cm bulb therefore goes in a 15 cm hole. The planting distance for ‘Barbados’ tulips is about 8 cm. Loosen the soil with a fork and plant the bulbs point up. Refill the hole and avoid walking over the soil. Plant the tulips singly with a small trowel or with a special bulb planter. For larger groups, prepare a wider hole and plant more bulbs in it together. The more bulbs you plant the more lovely the effect. Plant tulips in groups of at least 6 bulbs or scatter about 25-50 bulbs evenly over a border or flower bed.
Tulip ‘Barbados’ in a pot
'Barbados’ tulips will thrive in pots or window-boxes. Make sure you use fresh potting compost and put a layer of gravel or hydro granules in the bottom. Plant each bulb in a hole 3 times as deep as the bulb is round, so a 5 cm bulb goes in a 15 cm hole. Planting distance in pots in about 6 cm. To protect the bulbs grown in a pot against frost, place the pot in a frost-free area or cover it with bubble wrap. Water during dry periods.
‘Barbados’ tulip bulbs are at their best in the first year after planting. That’s why Bakker recommends adding new and extra bulbs to your borders and pots annually. Tulipa ‘Barbados' grow best in loose, well-drained soil in part shade or full sun.
Tulip bulbs that have not yet been planted in the garden are sensitive to frost but once planted out in the garden, they are perfectly hardy.
Tulips planted in pots are more sensitive and will need to be protected in one of the following ways:
- Store your potted tulips in a frost-free area that doesn't get too warm - they do need the cold.
- Wrap the pot(s) in bubble wrap for extra protection.
- If you line the inside of their pot(s) with bubble wrap before adding soil and planting your bulbs, your tulips will already have some protection.
The ‘Barbados’ tulip has a very distinctive bright red flower on a sturdy stem. The serrated petal edging gives the impression of frosting. These flowers bloom in a lovely bright colour of red and they will reach a height of about 60 cm.