Orange Emperor Tulip Tulipa 'Orange Emperor' (13)

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


Tulipa 'Orange Emperor' is a striking flowering plant known for its vibrant, showy flowers. This tulip variety boasts a bold orange hue that can create a spectacular display in gardens and landscapes. The flowers generally have a classic tulip shape, with a slightly cupped form that opens gracefully as the blooms mature. Each bloom consists of six overlapping petals that come to a distinct point at the tip, giving the flower a sleek and elegant profile. The petals often display a soft sheen which catches the sunlight beautifully, enhancing their color. As the flowers age, they open wider, sometimes revealing a different color or pattern inside, often with a lighter base near the center and a yellow or black heart that adds depth and contrast. The foliage of 'Orange Emperor' is also noteworthy. The leaves are a rich, deep green and tend to be long and strap-like with a slight curl to the edges. They provide a perfect background to the dazzling orange of the flowers, making the color pop even more. The leaves may have a glaucous or waxy coating, giving them a subtle blue-green tint in certain lights. In summary, Tulipa 'Orange Emperor' is celebrated for its large, saturated orange flowers and attractive foliage. Its dramatic blooms serve as an excellent focal point in any spring garden display.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Orange Emperor Tulip, Fosteriana Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Orange Emperor'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Tulip 'Orange Emperor' is considered to have low toxicity to humans. However, all parts of the tulip contain allergenic lactones or similar alkaloids. Ingesting tulip bulbs and other parts of the plant can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness. Contact with the bulbs can also cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. It is generally recommended to handle tulip bulbs with care and to avoid ingestion.

    • To pets

      Tulip 'Orange Emperor' is toxic to pets, particularly cats and dogs. The toxicity is mainly in the bulb of the plant, but all parts can be harmful if ingested in large quantities. Symptoms of tulip poisoning in pets can include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, increased heart rate, and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to central nervous system depression, coma, or even death. Immediate veterinary attention is recommended if a pet ingests any part of a tulip plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot 4-24 inches (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      6 inches 15 cm

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Early Spring Blooming: Tulipa 'Orange Emperor' blooms in early spring, providing an early burst of color after the winter months.
    • Vibrant Color: With its vivid orange petals, it adds a bright and cheerful component to any garden.
    • Attracts Pollinators: It helps to attract bees and other pollinators to the garden, which are essential for the pollination of many plants.
    • Easy to Grow: Tulips are generally easy to grow and do not require a lot of maintenance, making them accessible to gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Durability: This particular tulip variety is noted for being robust and able to withstand cool spring weather.
    • Landscaping: 'Orange Emperor' tulips are perfect for mass plantings, borders, and as focal points in landscape design.
    • Cut Flowers: They make excellent cut flowers for arrangements, lasting well in vases.
    • Perennial Growth: Tulips can come back for several years if the garden conditions are right and they are cared for properly.
    • Versatility: They can be planted in flower beds, containers, and pots, offering flexibility in garden design and space utilization.
    • Heritage: Tulips have a rich history and cultural significance in many parts of the world, adding not just beauty but also a story to the garden.
    • Adaptable: Tulipa 'Orange Emperor' can adapt to a variety of soil types, provided they have good drainage.

  • 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 can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, providing a range of colors from yellow to green depending on the mordant used.
    • The sturdy stems of Tulips can be incorporated into floral art and design, such as being woven into baskets or used as the structural support for large arrangements.
    • In custom perfumery, the scent of Tulip 'Orange Emperor' can be captured and added into fragrance blends for a unique floral note.
    • Tulip bulbs can be etched with intricate designs and displayed as a form of living art, as they will continue to grow and bloom.
    • Edible Tulip petals can be crystallized with sugar and used as a decorative and flavorful garnish for desserts and pastries.
    • The flowers can be used in photography as a subject for practicing macro photography techniques, taking advantage of their vibrant colors and textures.
    • Pressed Tulip petals can be used in crafts, such as creating handmade paper, bookmarks, or greeting cards for a touch of natural beauty.
    • Certain parts of Tulips are sometimes used in salads or to garnish dishes, adding a splash of color and a mild, bean-like flavor.
    • Tulips can be part of a natural pest management strategy in gardens, as some pests may be more attracted to them than to other, more valuable plants.
    • The cups of Tulip flowers can serve as whimsical, biodegradable serving dishes for small appetizers or garnishes at eco-friendly events.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Tulip is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Tulip is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Perfect Love: The Tulip generally represents perfect love, with the 'Orange Emperor' variety similarly embodying this with its vibrant color.
    • Energy and Enthusiasm: The bright orange hue of the 'Orange Emperor' tulip symbolizes energy and enthusiasm, spreading positive vibes.
    • Fascination: Orange tulips are often associated with a sense of fascination or being deeply impressed, sometimes relating to the early stages of love.
    • Warmth and Happiness: The warm color of 'Orange Emperor' tulips often represents happiness and a sense of comfort.
    • Confidence: The bold color can also stand for confidence and a sense of pride.

When soil is dry
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Orange Emperor tulip should be watered deeply when the soil feels dry to the touch, which typically means once a week. During the growing season in spring, ensure they receive about 1 inch of water per week, including rainfall. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. It's important to avoid overwatering, as this can cause bulb rot. Once blooming has finished and the foliage starts to die back, you can gradually reduce watering, allowing the soil to dry out as the bulb goes dormant.

  • sunLight

    Tulips, including the Orange Emperor tulip, prefer a location with full sun to partial shade. They thrive best when they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. When planting, choose a spot in the garden that isn't shaded by trees or buildings during the prime daytime hours to ensure they get adequate light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Orange Emperor tulip does best in cooler climates, with ideal spring daytime temperatures ranging from 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures between 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive winter cold down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, and it's actually necessary for them to experience a period of cold to bloom properly. In hotter climates, they may not perform well if temperatures exceed the ideal range during their growth period.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning for the Orange Emperor tulip involves deadheading spent blooms to redirect energy to the bulb rather than seed production. Remove the faded flowers but leave the foliage intact until it has yellowed and died back naturally, which can take several weeks post-flowering. Prune tulips annually after blooming, usually in late spring or early summer.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Orange Emperor Tulip thrives best in a well-draining soil mix that is rich in organic matter. A combination of loamy garden soil, compost, and sand or perlite would provide the ideal texture and nutrients. Adjust pH to be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Orange Emperor Tulips are typically grown from bulbs, which should be planted in the fall every year. They do not require repotting as they are perennial in nature; however, bulbs should be lifted and divided every 3 to 5 years to maintain vigor.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Orange Emperor Tulips prefer outdoor conditions with natural humidity. They do not require high humidity environments and are quite hardy. Average outdoor humidity levels are sufficient for these tulips.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Plant in cool spot with indirect light and good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in fall, full sun to partial shade, well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of a Tulipa 'Orange Emperor', commonly known as Fosteriana Tulip, begins when the bulb is planted in well-drained soil in fall, a few weeks before the ground freezes. During winter, the bulb undergoes vernalization, a necessary cold period, which prepares it for spring growth. In early spring, the bulb sends up shoots, and the tulip enters its growth phase, developing lush green leaves and elongating its stem. The tulip blossoms in mid to late spring, revealing vibrant orange blooms which attract pollinators for reproduction. After flowering, the plant enters a senescence stage where the leaves and flowers fade and the plant directs energy back to the bulb for storage. The bulb goes dormant through the summer months, conserving energy until the next growth cycle begins in the fall.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method for propagating the Orange Emperor tulip is by dividing the bulbs. This is typically done after the foliage has died back in late spring or early summer. The bulbs should be carefully dug up, and the offsets that have formed at the base of the parent bulb can be gently separated. These smaller bulbs, or bulbils, should have developed some roots and will typically bloom in one to two years if they are replanted promptly. Replanting should be done to a depth of about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters), considering the size of the bulb, in well-draining soil with good exposure to sunlight. It's important to allow enough space between the bulbs, roughly 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters), to provide room for growth.