Single Early Tulip '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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Gainesville, Georgia

Divernon, Illinois

Kansas City, Missouri

Sparks, Nevada

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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

Easy to force bulb with a wonderful fragrance.


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!


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

Introduced 1904.


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.