Everything you need to know about tulips
The tulip belongs to the lily family, but is in a class of its own. Over five thousand different color and variety combinations result in what is probably the most diverse flower in the world.
The tulip is not too elegant, too romantic, too big, too small or too bright. It is always just right. It resembles a good book in the bathtub or a strong espresso with your favorite Italian, because the tulip expresses real well-being and a little luxury.
Arrangement and presentation with the tulip
Tulips should be arranged either on their own or with complementary greenery. Flowering twigs and filigree grasses are particularly good for this. Especially with tulip genera without straight growth, it is advisable to orientate yourself on the movement of the plant.
For example, spirea twigs go well with striped and white tulips, as they best underline the interplay of green and white.
caution when watering the bouquet of tulips!
At the same time as tulips, hyacinths and daffodils also experience their high season in spring. Both hyacinth and daffodil tend to be one To secrete mucuspolluting the water and harming other flowers. Therefore, if you have decided on a mixed bouquet, hyacinths and daffodils should definitely be soaked in another vase for 30-40 minutes or “bleeded out” after they have been cut.
Colours and their meaning
Say it with flowers? This phrase still hits the nail on the head today. Although meanings have been ascribed to flowers for millennia, this is The language of flowers has always been timeless.
After all, tulips convey everything that cannot be expressed in words. Since they come in a myriad of colors, each has a special meaning:
- Starting with the most significant color in the world of flowers, are red tulips the flowers of your choice, if it is important to you, yours love open to show. The color red has always been associated with love and longing because it is a very emotional color.
- Pink tulips rather stand for Affection, caring, good wishes and young love. They can also mean that you wish someone a speedy recovery. In addition, tulip allergies are generally very rare (for more information see here.)
- orange also belongs to the warm colors. She stands for Joy, enthusiasm and longing after sun rays. Because of this radiated warmth, orange stands for happiness and enthusiasm in the world of tulips.
- yellow is a very versatile color. Over time it has changed its meaning again and again. Years ago yellow was associated with jealousy and was associated with rejection in love.
But in recent years the color has gained more and more sympathy and now stands for something Hopeful and bright. She has the modern take on yellow with sunlight, happiness and pure friendship connected. This makes yellow tulips perfect as an Easter gift.
- White stands for purity and peace. Therefore, white tulips are an excellent choice for an apology bouquet. With white tulips, you can be romantic and forgiving “I am sorry” to say.
- In the end is black the symbol of passion or the limitless deep love. But if you look very closely, you will notice that the tulips are not black at all, but dark-burgundy red are. Almost like a red love tulip.
The classics the tulip
- French tulips have many peculiarities, one of which is that, despite its wild growth, it grows extremely stable and likes to stretch out in every direction. Bohemian and elegant, they are available in apricot, rosé, white and light yellow. Their stems can be up to 70cm long and their flowers can be simple (structured) or double.
- at striped tulips The name says it all. Mostly in a simple composition of white and green tones, they manage to attract everyone’s attention.
- Double tulip varieties are a real stunner. Combining them with other flowers is almost like insulting majesty. It stands alone and has a rounded flower. A special feature of the up to 25-petalled flower is its longevity.
- Lily-flowered tulips are quite similar to the double tulip in terms of their durability, but differ in their pointed corolla, which only slowly opens over time.
- The fringed or pinnate tulip is characterized by exclusivity and rarity. It resembles a good cuvée, which manages to create a tasty masterpiece from different shapes and colors.
- Last is the Parrot tulip one of the particularly exotic cultivars. Wave-like grains pull up almost synchronously on the leaves of the flower, which in a slightly opened manner resemble the plumage of a parrot.
Pot and onion
Tulips grow best when planted in loose, soft soil. You have to be careful that the bulbs should not be planted in a substrate that is too damp, otherwise they can rot.
Fun fact: That’s why tulips are grown in sand in the Netherlands!
They will be planted in the late fall about twice as deep as they are high. It would be ideal if you plant them directly in larger groups of up to 50 specimens. The rule of thumb is 9 to 12 bulbs per square meter. For a fuller picture, try one between the onions Distance of 5-8cm retain. Keep in mind that the more spaced them apart, the tulips will look larger, but they will also look more lonely.
Need tulips a lot of love and a lot of light! If you plant them in a sunny spot, you have a higher chance of growing large, healthy tulips that also have large flowers. But even here you should make sure that they don’t suffer from the blazing sun all day. Tulips do best in the Half day sun and under deciduous trees.
But be careful: Since the onion is not poisonous for small rodents, it is a favorite on their menu.
The story of the tulip
Originally it comes from the steppes and mountains of Persia and Anatolia, where it played an important role in art and culture. Probably following the Turkish tradition of wearing tulips in a turban, the Europeans wrongly gave the tulip its name, which comes from the Persian word for turban. As the Europeans began to get excited about tulips, the flower’s popularity spread quickly, especially in the Netherlands, which soon became plagued by the so-called “tulip mania”. The tulips were so sought after that prices skyrocketed and the markets collapsed as a result. They are now grown all over the world, but have never lost their Dutch-Anatolian character.