Tulipa 'Red Shine'
LILY FLOWERING TULIP
Sunset zones: All zones (chilling requirements may be necessary in warmer zones).
USDA zones: 4-8.
Height: 14-16 inches (35-40 cm).
Late April to early May.
An elegant goblet-shaped tulip, with pointed tepals of deep red with black marks inside.
Full sun to afternoon sun.
Light, well-drained, fertile soil on the neutral to slightly acidic side.
When planting bulbs in fall, mix a low in nitrogen organic fertilizer into planting hole and in early spring.
Lift bulbs after foliage has died down and harvest smaller offsets of bulbs. Plant these in a separate bed until they reach blooming size and plant back out in the garden.
Do not prune foliage until it has died back. If flowers are used for bouquets, leave as much of the foliage as possible on the plant.
Rainy Side Notes
I adore the lily flowering tulips, so last fall when I saw these sizzling red tulips on the packaging for bulbs on sale at my local nursery, I bought them on a whim. When they bloomed, the whole garden went on red alert! The color is on the cool side of a stunning red tone. They are planted 12 inches deep and 3 inches apart and should come back and bloom for many years.
Lily flowering tulips consistently come back every year in my raised bed gardens. Soil must be well-drained, or our Pacific Northwest wet winters can rot the bulbs in soggy soils. These tulips are not only reliable, but they also have a look of elegance. I lift the bulbs about every 5 years or so and replant when they become too crowded. They receive a complete organic fertilizer in the spring for established plantings, or I mix into the planting hole when the bulbs are planted in the fall.
Photographed in author's garden.