Quite possibly one of the most unique but equally splendid Tulip varieties has to be the Parrot Tulip, producing giant irregular shaped flowers with petals that resemble feathers of a tropical Parrot. Flowering from April into May, Parrot Tulips really do produce some of the most beautiful colour shades and are excellent for bedding purposes, where they can create an exotic look and feel.
This beautiful variety boasts large flared heads with intricately feathered edges. Petals twist and turn artistically, each one a delicious creamy white with remarkably rich raspberry red drips. Estella Rynveld is a parrot tulip which is hard to ignore and sure to impress this spring. Each flower head sits on a tall sturdy stem, surrounded by lance-shaped foliage.
Bulb size 10/11
Plant tulip bulbs in late summer or autumn. Tulips will grow well in any moist, well drained soil, except for particularly wet soils. Choose a sunny position that is sheltered from strong winds. When planting tulip bulbs avoid shallow planting as this may reduce the winter cold period that is essential for tulip bulbs to produce flowers in spring. Plant them at a depth of 15cm (6") and at a distance of 13cm (5") apart.