Tulip 'Ballerina' Tulipa 'Ballerina' (6)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
tulip 'Ballerina'


'Ballerina' is a perennial bulb to 60cm in height, with grey-green foliage and yellow flowers, prominently flamed with red outside, and red within, in late spring

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Ballerina Tulip.

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Ballerina'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet [30-60 cm]

    • Spread

      3 inches [7.5 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: The vibrant colors and shape of the Tulipa 'Ballerina' attract bees and other beneficial insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: With its elegant lily-flowered shape and striking orange hue, Tulipa 'Ballerina' adds beauty to any garden or landscape.
    • Easy to Grow: Tulips are considered a reliable and low-maintenance choice for gardeners of all levels.
    • Symbolic Value: Tulips are often associated with perfect love and fame, making them a meaningful gift and a symbol in gardens.
    • Seasonal Interest: Blooming in spring, tulips like 'Ballerina' provide early color after winter, signaling the arrival of warmer days.
    • Naturalizing: Tulips can spread and naturalize in an area over time, creating a stunning, self-sustaining display each year.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • The petals of the Tulipa 'Ballerina' can be used in salads or as a decorative edible garnish, adding a splash of color and a mild, sweet flavor to various dishes.
    • Petal extracts from the Tulipa 'Ballerina' can be added to homemade cosmetics like lip balms and lotions for their potential skin-soothing properties and natural coloring.
    • Pressed or dried Tulipa 'Ballerina' flowers can be used in craft projects, such as in making bookmarks, greeting cards, or framed botanical art pieces.
    • Plant bulbs can be used as a natural dye source for fabrics, yielding colors ranging from yellow to green, depending on the mordant used.
    • The Tulipa 'Ballerina' can be used in perfume making, sometimes contributing to a floral base note in custom fragrance blends.
    • In photography, the striking colors and unique shapes of the Tulipa 'Ballerina' serve as an excellent subject for close-up and macro photography.
    • These tulip blooms can be used as natural confetti for weddings or celebrations, providing a biodegradable and environmentally friendly alternative to synthetic confetti.
    • The sturdy stems of Tulipa 'Ballerina' can be used as natural supports or trellises for other small, climbing plants in the garden.
    • During educational or artistic workshops, the Tulipa 'Ballerina's' anatomy can be studied or drawn as a part of botanical illustration courses.
    • The tulip bulbs can be carved into stamps for printing and creating unique floral patterns on paper or fabric.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Tulip is not specifically used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Tulip is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Perfect Love: Tulips, in general, are associated with perfect love and the 'Ballerina' is no exception, symbolizing an ideal and passionate affection.
    • Declaration of Love: Gifting Tulip 'Ballerina' may act as a declaration of one's deep love, as tulips often convey strong romantic feelings.
    • Elegance and Grace: The 'Ballerina' tulip, suggested by its name, is reminiscent of the elegance and grace of a dancer, representing refined beauty.
    • Rebirth and Renewal: Tulips are a symbol of spring and thus associated with rebirth and new beginnings, where the 'Ballerina' embodies this fresh start.
    • Charity: In some contexts, tulips symbolize charity, possibly due to their generous bloom and the 'Ballerina' tulip could represent the giving nature of a person.
    • Variety: Reflecting the diverse colors and forms of tulips, the 'Ballerina' symbolizes the beauty of variety and diverse perspectives.

Every week
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
After flowering
  • water dropWater

    Tulips, including the 'Ballerina' variety, should be watered thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch but avoid waterlogging. During active growth in the spring, watering may be needed weekly, providing about one gallon of water per square yard. After flowering, reduce watering to help the plant go dormant. During dormancy in summer, watering is mostly unnecessary unless the weather is very dry. Always water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage.

  • sunLight

    Tulips, such as the 'Ballerina', thrive in full sunlight. They prefer a spot that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Planted in well-drained soil where they can bask in the sun's rays, these plants will produce the most vibrant blooms.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tulips like the 'Ballerina' enjoy cool climates and can survive winter temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The optimal growing temperature range is between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and cooler at night. Tulips require a period of winter chill to bloom properly, ideally at temperatures between 35 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is not typically necessary for Tulips like 'Ballerina', aside from deadheading the spent blooms after flowering. Removing the spent flowers prevents the plant from expending energy on seed production. Cut back the foliage only after it has yellowed and died back naturally, usually a few weeks after flowering.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tulips require well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A good soil mix for 'Ballerina' tulips would consist of equal parts of loamy garden soil, coarse sand, and compost or organic matter to provide nutrients and improve drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    'Ballerina' tulips, being perennial bulbs, do not need to be repotted. They should be planted in the ground or in outdoor containers and allowed to go dormant naturally after flowering. Bulbs can be lifted and divided every 3-5 years if necessary.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    'Ballerina' tulips tolerate average outdoor humidity levels well. They do not require specific humidity adjustments, making them suitable for a wide range of outdoor environments without the need for intervention regarding humidity.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, cool temperature, and plant bulbs in well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in autumn, full sun to partial shade, well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Tulipa 'Ballerina', commonly known as the 'Ballerina Tulip', begins its life as a bulb planted in the fall before the onset of cold weather. The bulb enters a dormancy period through the winter, during which it undergoes vernalization—a necessary cold treatment for bulb development. As the temperatures rise in spring, the bulb breaks dormancy, sprouting and producing a stem, leaves, and a single flower by early to mid-spring. After flowering, the Ballerina Tulip's petals will wither and fall away, and the plant will focus energy on replenishing the bulb with nutrients for the next season. During the summer, the foliage too dies back and the bulb enters a period of rest. The annual cycle repeats with each following fall when the bulb can either be left in the ground or dug up, divided, and replanted to propagate new plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Tulip 'Ballerina', like most tulips, is commonly propagated by dividing and replanting the bulbs. The best time to propagate these tulips is in the fall, after the leaves have died back but before the ground freezes. You should carefully dig up the bulbs, avoiding damage, and gently separate any small bulbs that have formed from the parent bulb. These smaller bulbs, or offsets, can be replanted immediately. They should be placed in a well-drained soil at a depth about three times the height of the bulb which is typically 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) deep, and spaced approximately 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) apart. After replanting, it is important to water the bulbs well to help establish them. They will then undergo a period of chilling through the winter, which is necessary for them to bloom in the spring.