Flower Bulb Myths
The Blue Tulip
There is no such thing as a blue tulip. You'll find tulips described and
pictured as blue in catalogs and on the web, but when spring comes, the blue
you longed for will be just another (lovely) shade of lilac, violet or plain
old purple. Despite the ever-growing range of tulip colors, blue is still
just a hybridizer's dream.
The Black Tulip
There are no black tulips, though a few varieties come pretty close. They
look black on a cloudy day, but with the sun behind them they show their true
color: eggplant. We carry Queen of Night. It adds depth to bright colors.
In daffodils, "pink" is a relative term. Some catalogs and websites show
daffodils with clear pink or even blue-pink cups, but what you see in your
garden is salmon or apricot or peach. Yes, it's pink compared to the usual
daffodil colors (yellow, white and orange) and it's beautiful, but baby pink
Tulips at Any Time of Year
All spring-flowering bulbs make roots in the fall, grow and flower in the
spring, and then go dormant in summer. The only time to plant them is in the
fall (September to December), when the soil is cooling down. If someone has
leftover bulbs for sale in spring or early summer, beware: chances are good
the bulbs are dry and dead, and even if somehow they are still alive, they
are unlikely to flower properly.
View our growth cycle page for more information
regarding the growth cycle of spring-flowering bulbs.