Classic dark red tulip on sturdy long stems that is ideal for forcing or planting as an annual in the garden. Outdoors, plant as soon as the bulbs (and space) become available. Earlier planted tulips produce a more robust root system before the chill of winter sets in, making them primed and ready to burst into flower in spring. If a bit of cheer is required to fight off the winter doldrums, place the purchased bulbs in a flower pot as tightly packed as possible. Cover with about an inch of soil above the tip of the bulb, water well, and place in the vegetable crisper in the refrigerator for a minimum of six weeks. Approximately six weeks before the desired bloom date bring the pot into a bright location and begin watering after the first shoots have broken through the soil. The higher the light levels, the less need to stake the blooms to keep them upright.
March - April, May - June