Look beautiful in your table vase: tulips and hyacinths

Have you decided on a short stemmed bouquet this week? Then you can look forward to the spring combination par excellence: short-stemmed tulips and wonderfully fragrant hyacinths.


This week, the hyacinths (bot. Hyacinthus) are fragrant and romantic. The hyacinths are a genus from the asparagus family (bot. Asparagaceae). It is common in the Middle East to southern Turkmenistan and northeast Iran. Its flowers crowd on short, racemose inflorescences and spread a very characteristic, intense, sweet scent. In addition, they attract everyone’s attention, because the flowers of the hyacinth shine in the most magnificent colors.


Its name comes from Greek mythology: Hyakinthos, the son of the Spartan king Amyklas, attracted the attention of people and gods alike with its breathtaking beauty. However, even his beautiful appearance could not save him from his fate: He was hit in the head by a discus and killed. According to legend, the young man’s blood poured out into the earth and a splendid plant grew out of it. The hyacinth blossomed and the Greek god Apollo himself is said to have named it after his deceased friend.


The hyacinth experienced a similarly impressive development as the queen tulip, which triggered a veritable mania around 400 years ago. Because tulip bulbs changed hands in the Netherlands for exorbitant prices and were even traded on special exchanges for tulips. Even today, the tulip is one of the most popular spring flowers of all. 5000 different varieties are known. Depending on the variety, the tulip shoots its bell-shaped flowers from the bulb between March and May. And nowhere has the tulip become so symbolic as in Holland. It is a genus of plants in the lily family and spreads in North Africa across Europe to Central and Central Asia.

Central and Central Asia are considered to be the home of the tulip. If you gave away the tulip that grew wild in Persia, it was considered a kind of declaration of love. From there it came to Turkey, where it was hotly committed and still is. To this day it is considered a national flower and a symbol of life and fertility. Enjoy the first warm and invigorating spring days and see your fill of the blaze of color.


Cut a thin slice from the root of the hyacinth and place the hyacinth alone in a vase with cold water. Since they secrete light slime after cutting, you should change the water after 10 minutes and only then put the tulips in the fresh water. Before doing this, you should cut the tulips again with a sharp knife or scissors. If you check the water level every day and put the flowers in a not too warm place, you will enjoy the rich colors and the wonderful scent for a long time!


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