Tulip Report/Queen of the Night

Sounds less zombie-ish in French: Reine de la Nuit


Amazingly long stems, over 2 feet, planted in a shallow bowl.


With ‘Double Beauty of Apeldoorn’


This will most likely be my final tulip report. A couple pots of bulbs had deformed flowers, short stems.
So the winners this year for tulips amenable to forcing, undergoing 6 weeks of prechilling for this zone 10 February/March display are:
Queen of the Night, Brown Sugar, and Double Beauty of Apeldoorn.
Mail-ordered from Bluestone Perennials in summer of 2010 for delivery in fall. Good price, excellent quality. Order in summer, July/August, for the best selection.
Upon arrival, stash bulbs in an empty vegetable crisper in the fridge. I always plant the bulbs the day after Thanksgiving, an easy date to remember.
The stunted losers were a grab bag of mixed bulbs bought at a local nursery, an impulse buy. An impulse to be resisted next year.

Cheap, easy fun, like doodling with crayons.

(Edited to add: ‘Apricot Beauty’ forces well, too, just wasn’t a personal favorite.)

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6 Responses to Tulip Report/Queen of the Night

  1. Laguna Dirt says:

    i love all the pics of your tulips! they are so lovely yet fleeting. those colors work so nicely together, too. SPRING!!

  2. Denise says:

    LD, you’re so right. I’m really starting to appreciate the concept of fleeting.

  3. Cindy says:

    Wow, Denise — 2 foot stems – I have to say I do not get them that tall when planted in situ in the garden — I just love their coloration tho, the Reine de la Nuit (definitely better in French!) and am not sure I’ve seen a bad combo of it with anything. Nice to know Spring is on the way East.

  4. Denise says:

    So nice to see you, Cindy! I thought these stems seemed unusually long. Yes, spring is heading your way. Will this be the puppy’s first spring?

  5. Max says:

    The colours do work well. Beautiful simple photo’s. I just love the Queen of the Night tulip—–gorgeous. Thanks

  6. Igor says:

    My favorite tulips are these, queen of the night. But i have one question : How deep needs to be the pot that are the tulips planted in? I’m afraid that my tulips won’t bloom if they’re in too small pot. But my tulips are in pot which is long and not too much deep,but is deep. Can you answer my question on my gmail: IGOR.CUDOSKI@gmail.com please…

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