The Q&A Archives: More Than One Flower Per Bulb

Question: Is there a type of tulip that produces more than one flower or bloom per bulb and is lower to the ground than the traditional tall-stemmed-one-flower variety? Also, what is a good variety that would grow in Zone 4?

Answer: Most tulips are single bloomers, but there is a small group of multiple bloomers sometimes called bunch-flowering. Some low growers in that group include the following:

Tulipa praestans 'Fusilier' with scarlet red blooms on 10-inch stems.

Tulipa praestans 'Unicum' has reddish/orange and white blooms and reaches about 8 inches.

'Toronto' and 'Georgette' are two other multi-flowering varieties.

Greigii hybrids are dwarf tulips, using growing 8-14 inches tall. There are many to choose from and they do well in northern climates such as yours.

Dutch Gardens has a wide variety of tulips. The website is, or call 1-800-818-3861 for info or a catalog.

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