The tulip, the Netherlands’ national flower, symbolises love and blooms when spring arrives. This bulbous plant shines because it comes in so many different kinds and colours. As cut flowers, tulips are always popular, especially on Grandmother’s Day.
What the tulip is and how it looks:
- Scientific Name: Tulipa Species
- Common name: Tulip Species
- Family: Liliaceae
- Type: bulb
- Origin: Central Asia
- Color: yellow, orange, white, red, pink, purple, black, blue flowers
- Sowing: yes
- Cutting: no
- Planting: fall
- Flowering: March to May
- Height: 15 to 70 cm
Tulipa is the scientific name for the genus, a plant from the Lily family (Liliaceae). There are about 115 species and more than 4000 horticultural variants in the Tulipa genus. It was brought to Europe from the East at the start of the 19th century. Since then, it has grown to include several thousand different kinds. Each kind of tulip’s flowers, leaves, and bulbs are different.
The tulip came from the Himalayas but became popular in the Middle East. Its name comes from the Turkish word “tülbent,” which means “turban.” The red tulip is by far the most popular, but like an oriental headdress, this flower can come in many different shapes and colours.
The flower is called a “parrot tulip” when the edges of its petals have fringes. “Lily-flowered tulip” is a tulip with a pointy end.
Some kinds of tulips have different colours on them. These flowers have dark centres and spread out their petals to make a big blood-red cup, or they are topped with velvet that sparkles in the light. Other types of this flowering plant paint thin lines or wide flames on their corollas. Today, there are so many tulips that the small wild tulip has nothing to worry about.
Tulipa species and varieties:
115 species and more than 4000 varieties, enough to satisfy everyone. They are grouped into 15 families:
- Simple hâtive
- Double hâtive
- Triumph with an elegant outfit, simple flowers
- Darwin hybrids with large single flowers
- Simple tardive
- Fleur de Lis with slender petals
- Fringed with serrated petals
- Viridiflora with greenish petals
- Rembrandt with flamed flowers
- Parrot with unique big flowers
- Double tardive
- Kaufmanniana hybrids multicoloured flowers
- Fosteriana hybrids with spotted leaves
- Greigii Hybrids bicolour and veined leaves
- Miscellaneous including botanicals
The Tulip’s Origin and History:
The first tulip bulbs were imported from Turkey by the Austrian ambassador under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. A few decades later, botanist Charles de L’Écluse brought the tulip to the Netherlands. The Netherlands are tulip-crazy.
At the turn of the 17th century, tulipomania nearly ruined the Dutch economy. Variegated tulip bulbs were sold for more than a single home.
Listed on the Haarlem stock exchange, tulip cultivation creates a speculative market. It is fuelled by collectors willing to do anything to obtain rare specimens. The desire for this plant pushed many Dutch to ruin in 1635.
The tulip trade continues, and Holland produces 80% of world production.
Tulips: The Symbolism and Meaning of Flowers
The tulip is a beautiful flower that both florists and their customers enjoy. It is the world’s third most popular flower. This flowering bulb comes in many colours and has a lot of different meanings.
It is often linked to love because it is the garden’s most beautiful and elegant flower. It represents the perfect, long-lasting love between two lovers or family members. But the tulip can also remind us of lost or ignored love.
Because of its beauty and rich history, it symbolises royalty, wealth, or even prosperity. The tulip symbolises a fresh start or fertility because it blooms so much in the spring.
In addition, the tulip can be a symbol of charity or helping those who are the most helpless.
Tulip Symbol Based On Color:
In the language of flowers, each tulip sends a message of love. Make sure to choose the colour carefully, though. Because tulips come in so many colours, each one can mean something different.
Like the red rose, the red tulip signifies intense love and passion. It’s the flower to give when you want to show someone you love them. On the other hand, the white tulip stands for strong, sincere, but wise love.
When the flower is pink, it shows a new love that is pure and fragile. The colourful tulip, on the other hand, is a symbol of crazy love. It’s a real flower of seduction because the way it sounds is so unique. If you give someone a multicoloured tulip, it means you love him very much.
The black tulip is a symbol of love that will last forever. You can give it to someone who has lost a loved one or who has broken up with someone.
What about the yellow tulip? It’s a real sign of doubt and worry. If you give the person you love a bouquet of yellow tulips; it shows that you care about where your relationship is going.
Last, the purple tulip is a sign of strength and nobility. It is the perfect flower for a wedding.
How to choose your tulip bulbs?
In stores, look at the bulbs carefully and only buy healthy ones that are neither too dry, too mouldy, or too stained.
Of course, you will choose your tulips based on their colours and shapes. But if you want to mix colors and make your beds unique, you must consider height and size. If you can, combine tulips that bloom simultaneously (early, mid-season, or late), and also think about how tall they are. Of the flower, the result can be disappointing if the differences are too significant or not big enough.
On the other hand, you can choose what you want if you plant them in groups of the same type: one type at a time, close to each other (one bulb every 10 cm or so). So, they add a bright spot of colour and are easy to mix with other plants. In a casual bed, it looks more natural if the bulbs are spaced out in different ways. One way to do this is to drop or toss the bulbs and plant them right where they land.