The long stem emperors (right) were preferred since they stood taller and were more visible. As often happens, there were a few very windy days this spring. After Mother Nature calmed down, the long stem emperors all ended up leaning one way as a result of the wind. The shorter emperors (left) remained straight up. Maybe a short stem variety is better after all.
My past experience is that these bulbs always split and multiply, but the resulting bulbs may take two years to actually bloom. Also, warm weather in the spring tends to hasten the bloom decline faster than other tulips.
For The Record:
Well drained soil
Bone meal fertilizer applied in the fall
Blooming: Lemon chiffon, ice follies, & fifer daffodils; red emperors & orange tulips
Seedlings: Tomatoes planted 9 April