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PlantFiles: Single Early Tulip
Tulipa 'General de Wet'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: General de Wet
Additional cultivar information: (aka Generaal de Wet)
Registered or introduced: 1904

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Division 1 - Single Early

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Hortensis On Aug 16, 2010, Hortensis from Hernando, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a lovely fresh clear orange tulip (no "burnt" or brown in it) that has lived in my garden in the South for over 8 years now with no care. Like many antique tulips, it's on the short side and holds its petals more loosely than formal, but it's well proportioned and fragrant and looks wonderful with the blues, purples, and yellows of its season. I lost track of a couple during construction and was so happy to find them coming up in our new gravel parking area. Apparently, although they would have objected if we'd started watering them in summer, they didn't mind having cars parked on them so much.

Positive jmorth On Apr 25, 2008, jmorth from Divernon, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Easy to force bulb with a wonderful fragrance.

Positive saya On Apr 21, 2008, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Single early tulip 'General de Wet' is a mutant from single early tulip 'Prince of Austria' (aka 'Prins van Oostenrijk'). Scented!

Neutral Redkarnelian On May 9, 2007, Redkarnelian from Newmarket, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Introduced 1904.

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tulip has proven to be perennial in the ground AND in planters in my Zone 7 garden.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gainesville, Georgia
Divernon, Illinois
Kansas City, Missouri
Sparks, Nevada

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