The Canada 150 tulip, also known as the Maple Leaf Tulip, is the official tulip of the 150th anniversary of Canada. This tulip was bred to resemble a white flower and red flames, which also looks remarkably like a maple leaf, and thus, the Canada Flag.
About the Canada 150 Tulip
I would be remiss if I didn’t touch on the fact that some gardeners have been reporting yellow and orange blooms and not the flaming red pattern you see above. Some gardeners have reported that their tulips didn’t come up at all. And while I must admit I would be greatly disappointed if my tulips hadn’t shown up, and I can completely understand how one might be miffed if the highly anticipated tulip of the year didn’t blossom the way it was intended – I have to say, I am even more amazed by the tulips that did bloom as planned!
In my own garden, I got the bulbs put in later that I would have liked ( of course!) and my new flowerbed is a little more shaded that I had originally hoped for ( right???), and of course the winter was more severe than I had expected, and throw in some squirrels, and voila – it’s anybody’s guess at what will become of the tulip bulbs you plant in the fall.
Mine bloomed later than I was expecting, but they sure did bloom. 10 out of 12 survived and there is still one remaining, trying with all it’s might to make it to the party.
- Plant tulip bulbs in the fall
- Space bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart, and about 8″ deep
- Make sure your soil is well drained
- After the Tulips bloom, let the plant continue to grow until it dies off.
- Don’t over water
More Canada 150 Tulips
We are fortunate to have a thriving Local Horticultural Society with active members who have agreed to share their Canada 15o Tulip pictures with me – see the descriptions for photo credits.
Your Canada 150 Tulips
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Happy Canada Day