Tulips (Tulipa) are beautiful flowers and are among the most beloved and well-known flower bulbs in the world. They originated in Turkey and were brought to Holland in the 16th century, where they became hugely popular and eventually became an important symbol of the country.
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The tulip is inseparable from Holland, and therefore a must-have in your garden! At Bulbs4you we have many varieties of tulips in our assortment. Tulips are a wonderful addition to gardens, flower beds and landscapes. With their wide range of colors and varieties, they can create a vibrant and colorful display in spring and be a symbol of renewal and beauty.
Characteristics of tulips
Tulips have unique flower shapes with six petals. They vary in size, shape and color, giving a wide range of tulip varieties to choose from.
- Tulip colors: tulips comein almost every color of the rainbow except true blue. Popular colors include red, yellow, pink, orange, purple and white. Bicolored and multicolored varieties are also available.
- Flowering time tulip: tulips usually bloom in spring, depending on variety and location. In many parts of the world, they are a sign of the beginning of spring.
- Perennials: tulips are generally perennials, meaning they will return year after year, provided they are well cared for. Although some varieties may weaken over time and become less striking.
- Planting tulips: they are usually planted in the fall before frost begins. They need a period of cold to grow and bloom well in the spring.
- Popular varieties: some popular tulip varieties are 'Happy Generation', 'Apricot Impression', 'Exotic Parrot', 'Estella Rijnveld', 'Golddust' and 'Ballerina'.
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Botanical tulips, also known as wild tulips, are a group of tulip species that occur naturally in several parts of the world. This is in contrast to hybrid tulips, which are often grown in gardens and as cut flowers. The botanical tulip is basically an ancestor of the modern hybrid tulip. They tend to have smaller flowers and are often lower growing than the large, striking hybrid tulips.
However, that doesn't mean botanical tulips are any less beautiful! They are a popular choice for gardeners or tulip lovers who want a truly natural look in the garden. They are also very resilient and can grow almost anywhere.
Facts about the tulipa
In the 17th century, there was a period in Holland known as the "Tulip Mania," during which tulip bulbs reached exorbitant prices and speculation took place over the tulip market. This is considered one of the first economic bubbles in history.
The tulip is the national symbol of the Netherlands and is strongly associated with the country and its culture. They are frequently seen in Dutch history. For example, tulip bulbs were widely eaten during World War II in the Netherlands when food was scarce.
Tulips have the ability to keep growing even after they are cut and placed in a vase with water. They can even grow several inches a day!
Frequently asked questions about the tulip
When do tulips bloom?
Tulips are true spring bloomers. They bloom in spring, especially between the months of March and May. They create beautiful colors in spring and thus make you forget the winter depression altogether!
When to plant tulips?
The tulipe should be planted in the fall, from September through December. Remember to plant them in the ground before the first frost, because they need the real cold for growth. Next spring, you will then have beautiful tulips in the garden.
What to do with spent tulips?
Let the tulip's foliage die off completely. This leaves important nutrients in the soil for next year. Once the foliage is yellow and dead, remove it from the ground.
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