Tulip cretica 'Hilde'
Tulip cretica 'Hilde'
Tulip cretica 'Hilde'
Tulip cretica 'Hilde'
Tulip cretica 'Hilde'
Tulip cretica 'Hilde'
Tulip cretica 'Hilde'
Tulip cretica 'Hilde'

Tulip cretica 'Hilde'

"Cretan tulip"

Tulip cretica 'Hilde'

10 bulbs — £5.90

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Description

Tulip 'Hilde' is a strain of the Cretan tulip (Tulipa cretica). It is one of the smaller and less blowsy tulip species, with a charm all of its own. It’s a dainty-looker, and so beautiful, yet it is tough enough to withstand extreme winter cold. Producing up to three star-shaped flowers per stem, 'Hilde' starts by opening white, with a blush-pink interior with a deep cadmium yellow throat, and a pale pink exterior accented with darker purple-pink markings. It is rarely seen for sale!

This delightful low-growing tulip is ideal for the rock garden, or front of the border in full sun. It is also well-suited to growing in small pots in an Alpine House or cold greenhouse. Tulipa cretica 'Hilde' likes a gritty, well-drained compost, and will take quite a degree of neglect, although it will do far better, and will increase nicely, if it is fed and watered. As this is a naturally small tulip variety, the flowering sized bulbs are much smaller than normal hybrid tulips.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Naturalising

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Tulipa cretica 'Hilde'

  • Flower colour

    Pink

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Bulb size

    5/+

  • Established height

    10-20cm

  • Established spread

    5-10cm

  • Plant spacing

    100 bulbs per m2

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial
    Naturalising

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    lawns
    Gravel gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Rockery
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    Harmful if eaten
    Skin/eyes irritant

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Other information

    • Plant your Tulip cretica 'Hilde' bulbs from mid to late autumn

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade

    • Plant your "Cretan tulip" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart

    • Place the Tulip cretica 'Hilde' bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards

    Read all Tulip planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2022
    You can expect your order in September 2022

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2022
    You can expect your order in October 2022

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2022
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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