The vibrant tulip flowers are one of the most popular spring flowers in the world. They have been cultivated for as much as 500 years now. The history of tulips can be traced back to Central and Western Asia. They were brought to Turkey by the nomadic tribes. In the late 16th century, when a European ambassador visited the Turkish Ottoman Empire, he was gifted tulip bulbs and seeds. He, then, distributed it among the Roman Emperor Ferdinand I and a botanist employed by the Roman Emperor, Carolus Clusius. Today, this flower is cultivated almost all over the world. Want to explore some more interesting facts and amazing information on tulips? Read on.
Facts About Tulips
Availability: November to May
Interesting & Amazing Information On Tulip Plant & Flowers
- Tulip is the third most popular flower in the world, next only to rose and chrysanthemum.
- Holland has dominated the tulip market of the world. The flower was introduced in the country by Carolus Clusius, when he was appointed as the professor of Botany, at Leiden University.
- Tulip is a flower in the genus Tulipa, which comprises of about 150 bulbous species.
- Tulips come in a wide array of vibrant colors, like red, yellow, orange, purple, pink and many more.
- Tulip flowers generally have 2-6 leaves; though some species have been have to have up to 12 leaves.
- There are nearly 3000 varieties of tulips, known by various names.
- The average height of a tulip plant ranges from 10-70 centimeters.
- Usually, tulips have one flower per stem, but a few species have up to 4 flowers in a single stem.
- The colorful and attractive tulip flowers consist of three petals and three sepals. There are also six petaloid tepals, which are marked with darker markings near the base of the flower.
- Classification of tulips can be done on the basis of the blooming season, parentage and various floral characteristics. They are generally divided into 15 classes.
- Tulips are available in the months of November to May only and have a life span of only 3-7 days.
- Tulips originate from mountainous areas enjoying temperate climates. They are best grown in climates having a long, cool spring and early summers.
- A well-drained, airy and loamy soil is required for the cultivation of tulips.
- Tulip plants need to be protected from small animals, like squirrels, rabbits and gophers.
- The vibrancy and attractiveness of tulips are the main reasons for their great demand all over the world.
- Tulips are used for making flower bouquets as well as other floral arrangements. In fact, they form an integral and important part of wedding decoration.
- Tulip is the national flower of Turkey.
- Tulip flowers are considered to be a symbol of perfect lovers, their passion, love, romanticism and dreaminess.
Types Of Tulips
Depending upon the time of their bloom, tulips can be into three types:
- Early Flowering Tulips: They bloom in the period lasting from March to early April and include Red Emperor, Waterlily and Greigii Tulips.
- Midseason Tulips - They bloom in the period between April and early May and include Swan Wings Tulips, Parrot Tulips and Darwin Tulips.
- Late Flowering Tulips - They bloom in the month of May only and include Rembrandt Tulips and Fringed Tulips.