How to Identify and Care for an Ad Rem Tulip

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The Ad Rem Tulip (Tulipa) has been the favorite spring bulb for years. It thrives in areas with cold winters and dry summers – usually zones 4 to 8 with AHS Heat Zones of 1 to 8. There are about 100 different species of tulips, which are classified in 15 divisions. This particular tulip’s cultivar is Ad Rem and it is in the Liliaceae family. This tulip should be planted in a large drift in rock gardens, as an overplanting above perennials, in containers or as a cut flower.



    1. Identify the Ad Rem Tulip by its single yellow flowers. The flowers have a scarlet tinge to them and they are bowl-shaped. The top sturdy stems that bear several leaves. This deciduous plant can be grown as an annual or biennials and is mostly used for landscaping purposes.
    2. Plant the Ad Rem Tulip in a mixture of mostly sand to some clay with a pH of 5.5 to 8 in full sun. The soil should be well-drained so that it does not get soggy, but should hold enough moisture to stay moist between waterings. Create a diversion ditch or a French ditch if the area you choose tends to hold water.
    3. Plant the Ad Rem Tulip according to the zone you live in – if you are in zones 7 to 10, plant it in a shady area or an area with morning sun, otherwise plant them in full sun (continuous sun for at least six hours per day). If you have warmer winters, you will need to store the bulbs in a cool place over the winter.
    4. Fertilize young plants with a fertilizer that contains phosphorus, which encourages root growth. Once the plants have become established, use an all around fertilizer, unless a soil test shows the soil is missing a specific nutrient.
    5. Protect the Ad Rem Tulip from disease such as rhizactonia root and stem rot by not overwatering. You may also use a fungicide. Infected plants should be removed, as should the soil if the infected plant is living in a container.
    6. Protect the Ad Rem Tulip against pests such as slugs and snails by getting rid of hiding places (dead leaves laying around, over-turned pots and unused tarps). Mulch can also attract slugs and snails. If there are no children or pets that have access to the beds, you can use chemical controls.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Ad Rem Tulip is deer tolerant.

  • Be careful when using chemical controls – they can be poisonous to pets and children. Always read the label.

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