Tulip Varieties Suitable For Forcing

Only those varieties suitable for growing in heat will be mentioned, as those suitable for outside cultivation may almost all be grown under cool conditions.


Varieties suitable for bringing into heat in December:

  • Brilliant Star. Vivid scarlet, flushed orange, of dwarf habit and suitable for bowl culture.
  • King of the Yellows. Rich golden yellow, also of dwarf habit. Prosetpine. Deep carmine-pink. Dwarf.
  • Thomas Edison. Yellow, flushed orange. Good for cutting. Due van Thols. In scarlet, yellow and white. Very dwarf and suitable for early forcing.SINGLE EARLY TULIPS

Varieties for taking into heat in January:

  • Bellona. New and the best pure yellow for forcing for bowls or cutting.
  • General de Wet. Rich golden orange.
  • Golden Pheasant. Golden orange, shaded red.
  • Madame Gevers. Pale primrose yellow.
  • Prince of Austria. Vivid orange red with a sweet perfume. Can stand high temperatures.

Varieties suitable for February forcing:

  • Couleur Cardinal. Deep scarlet-crimson.
  • Rising Sun. Bears a large golden yellow bloom on long sturdy stems.
  • Ursa Minor. Deep buttercup yellow, very tall growing.


Varieties suitable for taking into heat in December:

  • Hoangbo. Excellent cut flower, bearing a bloom of pure yellow on a strong stem.
  • Scarlet Cardinal. Rich red, of dwarf habit.
  • Varieties for taking into heat in January.
  • Bonanza. Rich carmine-pink, edged yellow. Tall growing. Boule de Neige. Pure white of dwarf habit.
  • Dante. Fiery red of dwarf habit, lovely planted in bowls with Boule de Neige.
  • Titian. Scarlet, edged primrose. Dwarf and sturdy.

Varieties for taking into heat in February:

  • Electra. Rich cherry red. Requires gentle forcing.
  • Mr. Van der Hoeff. Pure yellow of great substance.
  • Peach Blossom. Deep pink.


Most varieties may be taken into heat at Christmas. There axe several varieties which will force at the beginning of December:

  • Early Queen. Rose pink with a white base and of compact habit.
  • John Gay. Rich orange.
  • King of the Redr. Rich carmin Krelage’s Triumph. Glowing The following should not January:
  • Imperator. Lovely old rose, stem.
  • Mozart. Rich rose on a white ground.
  • Scarlet Admiral. Vermilion-red.
  • The Rose. Rich rosy red.


All except the variety Zimmerman will force well and should be taken into heat towards the end of January. They will come into bloom in four weeks.


Here it is the yellow varieties that are used for forcing in vast quantities. The following should be taken into gentle heat about the third week in January:

  • Golden Harvest. For cutting throughout March, this variety is now almost supreme. The magnificent lemon yellow blooms are carried on 2-ft. Stems.
  • Mother’s Day. Sulphur yellow of excellent shape and now a popular forcing tulip.
  • Wall Street. Beautiful soft yellow.


Varieties that may be taken into gentle heat at the end of December are:

  • Demeter. Deep violet-blue. Tall growing.
  • Purple Copeland. Rich deep purple sport from William Copeland. Rose Copeland. Rich rose pink.
  • William Copeland. Pure lavender mauve.
  • William Pitt. Rich scarlet.

These five varieties are grown in vast numbers for February flowering and are followed by:

  • Aristocrat. Deep rose with silvery edges.
  • Bartigon. Fiery red.
  • Golden Age. Deep buttercup yellow.
  • Mrs. Grullemans. Creamy white of sturdy habit.
  • Scarlet Sensation. Vivid red.

The following should be taken into heat early February:

  • King Harold. Rich maroon-crimson.
  • Peter de Hoogh. Carmine-red, edged salmon.

This selection will give a succession of bloom from Christmas until early April, beginning with the dainty Duc van Thols which will come into bloom in heat in three weeks and ending with those varieties taken into heat during February.

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