Short tulip flowers

GrannybeeGrannybee Sunny South EnglandPosts: 218

My tulips have grown decent foliage and the flowers have just poked their heads out. However, they are flowering just above the ground, well below the top level of the leaves. It looks quite odd! Why might this be? 

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  • Hi Grannybee. Are they new bulbs or have you had them for a few years? How deep did you plant them? And, do you know what variety they are?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,722

    I expect they're one of the shorter stemmed 'species' type tulips which flower early. 

    The taller 'Darwin' and similar types will flower later.

    Have a look at this thread http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/tulip-growing-problem/937483.html

    I love the little species tulips, they're like the little wild ones that grow on the sunny  hillsides in Turkey and around the Mediterranean.  There's lots of fascinating information here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/7681988/10-wild-tulips-to-flower-from-March-til-June.html

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 28,235

    Are they the Red Riding Hood ones Grannybee? It's a popular one in lots of gardens. Someone else recently asked the same question image

    As Dove says, the species ones are short stemmed and flower earlier than the big ones we all tend to think of when we talk about tulips. They're very overlooked - most people haven't seen or grown them  - and could do with a few more of us championing their cause! Lots of varieties which are very straightforward   image

     

     

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  • Nick38Nick38 Posts: 2

    My tulips have done the see. They have a normal size red flower which is only about an inch above the ground. They are in a pot and this is their first year. I am wondering if the very wet winter has something g to do with it.

  • GrannybeeGrannybee Sunny South EnglandPosts: 218

    Mmm...some are new and some are old. Can't remember what sort they are...red ones. Not helpful - sorry!  I guess that I could dig them up and replant deeper next year ans see if that does the trick.  Thanks for your advice guys.  I had not realised that someone else had the same problem. Just had a look - identical!  

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,269

    I have some like that, it's just how they are, have yours got a stripey leaf, they are meant to be very small. It's not a problem if you have that type.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,722

    Grannybee - are you saying that you had a look at this thread http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/tulip-growing-problem/937483.html

    and that you have "the same problem"? image

    Please read the thread image

    It is not a problem - they are meant to be like that - they are dwarf hybrid tulips

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 28,235

    The Red Riding Hood ones have quite distinctive foliage Grannybee - dark mottling on the leaves. They're small - the flowers are on short stems - it's simply the way they grow. The leaves often fold down a bit to show the blooms off more image

     

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  • Shari4Shari4 Posts: 9

    Same here. Mine aren't dwarf tulips. They are all different varieties and colours. Without exception they're blooming immediately after popping their heads through the surface. I wondered if I have planted them too shallow/deep or if it's something to do with the weather. They look very odd. 

  • TomskTomsk Posts: 204

    I have the opposite problem, the tulips in my beds grow to at least 18" before they open up, but then they flop over under their own weight.

    However, I do have this problem with hyacinths. They flower the moment they see light, but then continue to grow as they flower. I have some hyacinths in pots mixed with tulips and daffodils, and the they usually flower whilst completely hidden under the foliage. By the time they've poked up above the leaves, they're starting to wither.

    They didn't do this the first year they flowered.

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