The Tulip gets it's name from the Turkish word 'tulbend' meaning turban. Turkish farmers first cultivated tulips as early as 1,000 AD. There are now over 3,000 different registered varieties of cultivated Tulips. Every year Holland cultivates and exports billions of Tulips. Tulips were considered the symbol of the Ottoman Empire. Today, they grow wild throughout Asia Minor through Siberia to China. Tulips symbolize imagination, dreaminess, perfect lover and a declaration of love. Try this next time you're preparing a meal. Tulip bulbs are a good replacement for onions in cooking.
Care and Handling
- Prepare a container with cool water (60°-70°F), mix in the recommended dosage of flower preservative, and place your tulips in the solution.
- Be sure to follow the instructions from your florist or the instructions on the floral preservative packet. Improper dosage of flower preservative can cause damage to your flowers.
- Display in cool area, even moving to a garage or similar cool environment over night.
- Change your water and flower preservative regularly (once a day). Leaving your tulips in stale water will cause the petals to wilt faster than normally.
- Be sure to clip away any wilting leaves. If they happen to fall in the water solution, they can rot and be damaging to your flowers.
- The average lifespan of tulips varies greatly by breed and the temperature in which it is kept. For example, the 'Capri' lasts 8 days at 79°F and 18 days at 64°F.
- Most varieties are available throughout the early spring a summer months. Shop Tulips on Plantshed.com.
|Symbolism:||Dreaminess, Imagination, A Declaration of Love|
|Native Origin:||North Africa, Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, Northern Asia|
|Blooming Season:||Early Spring|
|Average Life:||7 to 18 Days|