Reminiscent of the iconic 'Semper Augustus' tulip whose fame was legendary during the heady days of Dutch 'Tulip mania', this selected form of Tulipa 'Zurel' is truly an exceptional specimen.
With its strong, waxy petals, glistening white with purple/red flames, 'Rem's (short for Rembrandt Sensation' has its heritage among the 'Triumph' family of tulips which are particularly prized for their beautiful, traditional "tulip" flower shape. However unlike the popular 'broken' tulips of the Tulipmania period (Semper Augustus included) the broken color of Rem's sensation is a naturally stable form and not the result of a color breaking, detrimental virus.
This eye-catching example requires little maintenance in the garden, and is one of the earliest to come into flower with large buds forming visibly as early as February. These are borne on tough, sturdy stems, which allows them to stand up well to bad weather, and not only do they make a fantastic addition to any garden they also make excellent cut flowers due to their long vase life.
You can expect to see them in full flower anytime from March through to April, but unlike many of the Triumph tulips, 'Rem's Sensation' is a little on the short side growing to no more than 8 - 10 inches.
If you are buying tulip Rem's Sensation as pre-packed bulbs in the autumn, plant them in a sunny position and preferably into a free draining soil. They will need to go about 5-6 inches deep and if you are planting in clumps - around 5 inches apart. Try to aim for between 7-9 bulbs per square foot of ground.
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