Tulip 'Fidelio' Tulipa 'Fidelio' (3)

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


'Fidelio' is a perennial bulb with light green, lance-shaped foliage. The flowers reach 40cm in mid-spring and are coral pink with a yellow edge to the petals

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Tulip, Fidelio Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Fidelio'

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      3-6 inches (7.5-15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances Landscape Aesthetics: The Tulipa 'Fidelio', commonly known as the tulip, contributes vibrant color and visual interest to gardens and landscapes.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Tulips can attract beneficial insects such as bees, which are important for pollination of plants.
    • Cut Flower Use: Tulips are popular in floristry for their appealing shapes and colors, making them ideal for cut flower arrangements.
    • Symbolic Significance: Tulips carry various meanings and symbolism, often associated with perfect love and spring, enhancing their value in gardens and as gifts.
    • Easy to Grow: Tulips are relatively easy to cultivate, making them suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Variety of Colors: With a broad range of available colors, tulips can be combined in numerous ways to achieve different design effects.
    • Seasonal Interest: Tulips bloom in the spring, providing a welcome burst of color after the winter months.

  • 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

    • Tulip petals as natural dyes: Petals of the tulip can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, offering hues ranging from yellow to pink depending on the pH level of the dye bath.
    • Tulip petals in salads: Edible petals of the tulip can add a colorful touch and a mild, sweet flavor to fresh salads.
    • Photography subject: Tulipa 'Fidelio' can be an alluring subject for photographers, due to its vibrant color and aesthetically pleasing shape.
    • Eco-friendly confetti: Dried petals of tulips can serve as a biodegradable alternative to traditional confetti at celebrations.
    • Floral flavoring: The petals of some tulip varieties can be used to infuse a floral taste into beverages and desserts, though one must ensure they are free from pesticides and safe for consumption.
    • Garden pest control: Tulip bulbs can potentially deter certain rodents, as some pests find the taste and smell of tulip bulbs unappealing.
    • Craft supplies: Dried tulip petals and bulbs can be utilized in crafting for creating unique jewelry, potpourri mixtures, or decorative mosaics.
    • Aromatherapy: Although not commonly known for their scent, some tulip blooms may provide a mild, earthy fragrance suitable for aromatherapy uses.
    • Floral watercolor pigments: Crushed tulip petals can be mixed with water to create delicate watercolor paints for art projects.
    • Symbolic learning materials: Tulip flowers can represent a hands-on teaching tool in subjects such as botany, art, and history due to their rich cultural significance.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Tulips are not commonly associated with Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Tulips are not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Perfect Love: Tulipa 'Fidelio', commonly known as tulip, often symbolizes perfect love, with its bold color and elegant shape reflecting the ideal of beauty and romance.
    • Royalty: The intense, regal color of the Fidelio Tulip can represent royalty and a sense of nobility, suggesting a majestic and luxurious presence.
    • Prosperity: Tulips in general are associated with abundance and prosperity, making them a popular flower for celebrations that mark new beginnings and success.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Tulips require thorough watering when they are first planted and during active growth in the spring, but they should not be overwatered as this can cause bulb rot. When in active growth, water tulips with approximately 1 inch of water per week. Depending on conditions, this can translate to about 0.6 gallons per square yard per week. However, after their foliage has died back at the end of their growing season, reduce watering significantly as they enter dormancy.

  • sunLight

    Tulips, including the 'Fidelio' variety, thrive in full sunlight, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sun per day. Optimal placement for a tulip is an area where it can bask in the morning sunlight but is sheltered from the intense heat of the afternoon sun in hotter climates. They can also grow in partial shade but may not flower as prolifically.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tulips prefer cool temperatures and are best suited to climates with a chilly winter. They can survive winter temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is required for them to break dormancy. The ideal temperature for tulips during their growing season is between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and they should be planted in the fall a few weeks before the ground freezes.

  • scissorsPruning

    Tulips generally do not require pruning in the traditional sense, but spent flowers should be deadheaded after blooming to prevent seed production and direct energy to the bulb. The foliage should be left intact until it turns yellow and dies back naturally, usually a few weeks after flowering. This post-bloom care typically happens once per year.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tulips thrive in well-draining soil with a pH between 6 and 7. A good mix would be equal parts garden soil, compost, and sharp sand. Adding a slow-release fertilizer during planting will benefit the growth of the Tulipa 'Fidelio.'

  • plantRepotting

    Tulips, such as the Tulipa 'Fidelio', are generally planted each autumn as bulbs, so they do not require frequent repotting. After flowering, bulbs can be lifted and stored, but repotting is not necessary each season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tulips like Tulipa 'Fidelio' prefer outdoor conditions where humidity is naturally regulated. They do not require high humidity environments and will thrive in average outdoor humidity levels.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

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

    • Outdoor

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

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Tulip 'Fidelio' begins its life as a bulb, which remains dormant underground until the right temperature and moisture conditions trigger its growth in early spring. The bulb sends up shoots, which develop into stems and leaves as it enters the vegetative stage. The plant then enters the flowering stage, where buds form and bloom into the characteristic vibrant flowers that the tulip is known for. After pollination, which can be facilitated by insects, the plant will produce seeds, but most tulips are propagated through bulb division rather than seeds. Once the flowering stage is complete, the foliage begins to yellow and die back as the plant enters a period of senescence, returning to dormancy. The cycle repeats each year, with the bulb regenerating to send up new growth the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method of propagation for the Tulip 'Fidelio' is through division of the bulbs. This process is typically done in the fall, after the foliage has died back, and the bulbs have had time to store enough energy for the following season. Gardeners will gently lift the mature bulbs from the soil, being cautious not to damage them. The offsets, which are smaller bulbs attached to the main bulb, can be broken off and replanted immediately. These offsets will grow into full-sized blooming bulbs after a season or two, depending on their initial size. Each offset should be planted about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) apart and at a depth approximately three times the height of the bulb to ensure optimal growth conditions. By following this simple method, gardeners can effectively multiply their Tulip 'Fidelio' collection and enjoy their vibrant blooms year after year.