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Tulips Say Spring Like
No Other Flower

Interesting Facts about Tulips

Tulip Bed

Pink Striped Tulip
  • Tulips come in more colors than any other flower except for dahlias.
  • The American Floral Marketing Council conducted a survey on thepreference of tulip color by men and women. In order of preference, men purchased red, yellow, pale pink, hot pink, white, and purple tulips. Women liked pale pink, pale purple, hot pink, peach, red, and yellow.
  • tulips is that they actually continue to grow after being cut, up to an inch or more.
  • The word Tulip is thought to be a corruption of the Turkish word 'tulbend' for turban
  • There are now over 3,000 different registered varieties of cultivated Tulips
  • Tulip bulbs instead! Tulip bulbs are a good replacement for onions in cooking

Historical Facts about the Tulips

 Yellow Tulips with Red Tulip

  • Tulips have been cultivated for about 500 years.
  • Historically, Europe considered Tulips as the symbol of the Ottoman Empire.
    Tulips were brought to Turkey by the nomadic tribes. Today, the tulip is the national flower of Turkey.
  • Multicolored tulips
  • During the late 16th century, a European ambassador visited the Turkish Ottoman Empire.and he was given tulip bulbs and seeds. He gave some seeds to the Roman emperor Ferdinand I and remaining seeds and bulbs to a botanist, Carolus Clusius, who worked for the Roman Emperor.
  • Tulips were introduced in Holland, when Carolus Clusius was appointed as the professor of Botany at Leiden University. Since then, Holland has dominated the world tulip market.
  • In the 1630's, a rage of tulip speculation, called tulipomania, gripped much of Holland. Farmers began speculating in the tulip trade. Single bulbs of prized varieties sold for as much as $1,000, one bulb even sold for $4,000. Within a few years, the tulip speculation tapered off leaving many of Dutchmen penniless.
  • Today, tulips are also grown on a large scale in Belgium, the Channel Islands, and in parts of England, Ireland, and the United States.

Meaning of the Tulip

Tulips have many meaning attached to it. Some of them are as follows: Pink Tulip
  • Imagination
  • Dreaminess
  • Perfect Lover
  • Declaration Of Love (this makes them the perfect gift for Valentine's Day)
  • Red tulips -- true love
  • Purple Tulips -- royalty
  • Yellow Tulips -- once represented hopeless love but now means cheerful thoughts and sunshine
  • White tulips -- are used to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness
  • Variegated Tulips -- Represent beautiful eyes

Quotes about Tulips

"And tulips, children love to stretch
Their fingers down, to feel in each
Its beauty's sweet nearer." -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning,

"Mid the sharp, short emerald wheat, scarce risen three fingers well,
The wild tulip at the end of its tube, blows out its great red bell,
Like a thin clear bubble of blood, for the children to pick and sell." -- Robert Browning

"The tulip is a courtly quean, Whom, therefore, I will shun." -- Thomas Hood

Pink tulips

"Guarded within the old red wall's embrace,
Marshalled like soldiers in gay company,
The tulips stand arrayed. Here infantry
Wheels out into the sunlight." -- Amy Lowell

"Dutch tulips from their beds Flaunted their stately heads." -- James Montgomery

"Like tulip-beds of different shape and dyes,
Bending beneath the invisible west-wind's sighs." -- Thomas Moore,

"The fountain is my speech. The tulips are my speech. The grass and trees are my speech." --George T. Delacorte

Tips on Growing Tulips

Field of Red Tulips

  • Purchase your tulip bulbs in late August or early September, but wait to plant them until October and November.
  • Look the bulbs over for rot or soft soft spots because these might spread disease in your garden. Plant only nice firm bulbs.
  • You should store bulbs in paper bags, not plastic, while waiting to plant them, and keep them in a cool place.
  • Prepare the soil by working it well, removing rocks, and weeds.
  • Mix in plenty of organic material and fertilizer.
  • White Tulips
  • Tulips will bloom in almost any soil, with a good drainage because they will rot in wet soil. Sandy soil is best.
  • Pick a sunny site
  • You need to dig each hole three times as deep as the tulip bulb is tall. There should be twice as much soil over the tip of the bulb as height of the bulb.
  • Set the bulb so the pointy end is facing up. This will help them come out of the ground faster and they will be taller than if the bulb was planted the other way.
  • After the tulips bulbs are planted, you need to water them thoroughly and then cover the area with a mulch of pine bark or shredded leaves to protect them.
  • In general the bigger the bulb, the bigger the bloom.
  • After the Tulips bloom, let the plant continue to grow until it dies off. During the post bloom period, the plant sends energy to the bulb to store for use next spring.
  • Overcrowded bulbs can be a problem in your garden. Dig up your tulips just before all the foliage has completely died down, divide by pulling smaller new bulbs from the base of the old bulb and replant them.
  • Tulips require a period of cold while they are dormant and resting between shows.

Care of Cut Tulips

Group of Orange Tulips

  • Pick tulips which are closed tightly as these are likely more fresh and will last longer
  • Cut tulips can stay fresh in a vase of water for seven to ten days with proper care
  • Remove leaves from the part of the stems that will be under water
  • Cut off any white portion of the stem so that water will be absorbed better
  • Cut the stem again underwater diagonally to prevent intake of air
  • Tulips Mixed Colors
  • Place immediately in a vase filled with water and fresh flower nutrients
  • Recut 1 inch from the flower stems every 4-5 days
  • Place out of direct sun, and away from heating vents or drafts
  • Top off the water level daily
  • Do not put daffodils and tulips in the same vase because the sap from the daffodils will kill the tulips

Links to Tulip Societies

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Gifts for the
Tulip Lover

Many Other Tulip Designs and Products Available

Bunch of Pink Tulips Ladies shirt
Bunch of Pink Tulips Ladies T-Shirt

GroupOrangeTulips card
Group Orange Tulips Greeting Card

Tulips All Row apron
Tulips All Row Apron

Two Yellow Tulips tie
Two Yellow Tulips Tie

Two Red Tulips mug
Two Red Tulips Mug

Yellow with Red Tulip button
Yellow with Red Tulip Button

Tulip Against the Sky sticker
Tulip Against the Sky Sticker

Tulips Best Friends bag
Tulips Best Friends Tote Bag

White Tulips stamp
White Tulips Postage Stamp

Group of Pink Tulips mousepad
Group of Pink Tulips Mousepad

Red Tulip in Sunshine Kids shirt
Red Tulip in Sunshine Kids Kids T-Shirt

Yellow Tulips and a Orange Tulip magnet
Yellow Tulips and a Orange Tulip Magnet


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