Tulipa sylvestris

Nils Hasenbein via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Mon, 29 Mar 2021 00:20:57 PDT
James, at al.,

T. sylvestris is commonly available from bulb vendors here in Germany, 
but I can only find the pure yellow type variety. If you look up T. 
sylvestris ssp australis, this has a little more colour to its flowers. 
In both, buds are bent down, but the flowers open upwards and have a 
bright, radiant yellow.

Here, it is said to be suitable for "Weinbauklima", meaning it will grow 
in the garden in those areas of Germany suitable for growing wine, and 
is found as a weed in vineyards. It needs full sun to flower in our 
climate. I started growing it in pots to increase the bulbs, and want to 
try planting them in soil in autumn, though admittedly they do not look 
as good as last year; I'll have to see. As our soil is very heavy, I 
have some doubt it will be that happy, but as it readily multiplies, it 
won't be a loss when it fails. Also, I am not afraid it might become 

It colonizes a mid-size pot in a growing season, and its stolons are 
very long, and go down deep, so the pots should be deep as well - which 
might be my problem just now, as I had no deep ones left when I planted 
and just took those I still had. As you wrote, bulbs are quite small. I 
think I'd keep some in a pot throughout to be able to split and share.



Three beautiful warm spring days ahead, and already happy with progress 
in the garden. Had to learn the hard way again that labeling the spot 
where you put bulbs is essential after beheading a martagon before it 
broke the soil ...

Am 28.03.2021 um 17:47 schrieb James Waddick via pbs:
> Nils and all,
> 	I find Tulipa sylvestris very interesting and odd among tulips. It is HIGHLY stoloniferous and close to a weedy tulip, even though it is regularly eaten back by deer in the garden ( both foliage and flowers). It also sets seed and ‘wanders widely ' about  the garden.
> 	A few people have asked for bulbs which I would be glad to share except they almost impossible to dig. The bulbs are deep, small and hard to find. Too much work.
> 	Are there any selections, improvements, or named cvs.?  Once established and allowed to grow the flowers are very welcome even  if there is a lawn of young plants.
> 										Jm W.
> Dr. James Waddick
> 8871 NW Brostrom Rd
> Kansas City, MO 64152-2711
>> On Mar 27, 2021, at 3:05 PM, Nils Hasenbein via pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:
>> Tulip buds are emerging, from pots as well as from the ground, and I was wondering: Does anybody know whether there have been breeding efforts with T. sylvestris? I saw and smelled it some year ago in a museum garden, and went to order some as soon as possible, but I am pretty sure the plants there looked slightly different from what I got, a little more reddish and a with slightly more slender and elegant buds. It might be ssp. australis, but as I never saw the subspecies for sale, this would be odd.
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