Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Best in organically rich soils that drain well. Plant bulbs 5-6” deep in fall. Remove flower stems promptly after bloom to prevent seed formation, but leave foliage in place until it yellows. Fertilize in fall and in early spring. This cultivar of a species tulip will establish itself in the garden and perform well over a longer period of years than many of the hybrid tulips sold in commerce today.
Native to Central Asia, Tulipa praestans is a low-growing species tulip (Division 15) that produces cup-shaped orange-red flowers (1-4 flowers per stem) on 8-12” slightly hairy stems in April. Basal blotches are absent in this species. ‘Fusilier’ is a cultivar that features bright red flowers.
No serious insect or disease problems. Gray mold, stem rot and basal rot are occasional problems.
Rock gardens. Also effective in beds, border fronts or around trees or shrubs. This small tulip is effective in small groupings of at least 12-15 bulbs or massed into large drifts.