The Q&A Archives: Tulip With Two Flowers

Question: This the second year where the stem of the tulip has two flower buds on it. It is not another bulb which grew off the original bulb. This is one stem which comes out of the center leaves and then forms to bulbs. How common is this? I have not seen anything like it.

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I am not much of an artist, but that is what it looks like. Or rather, what it will look like. Buds are still closed way up here in Plattsburgh, NY


Answer: Although not terribly common, there are multiflowered or bunch-flowering tulips. When at their peak size, the bulbs can produce between four and six flowers per stem. Since they are not an "official" classification of tulip, they can be found among various types and so the bloom time will vary from cultivar to cultivar. Sometimes they are grouped together in the bulb catalogs, though. Two you may see for sale more often than others is a salmon pink called "Toronto" and Tulipa praestans "Fusilier" (bright orange/scarlet) which is a reliable rebloomer in rock gardens.

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