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Facts, Types, Meaning and Care Tips

They're said to signal the arrival of spring so it's no wonder the humble tulip is a real symbol of the season. Widely available from December to April, these cheerful flowers never fail to brighten up the home or garden.

Tulip meaning

The meaning of tulips is generally accepted as 'perfect love'. Like many flowers, different colours of tulips often carry their own significance. Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love, while purple tulips symbolise royalty. The meaning of yellow tulips has evolved somewhat, from once representing hopeless love to now being a common expression for cheerful thoughts and sunshine. White tulips are used to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness.

Tulip mythology

You may think there's nothing more quintessentially Dutch than the tulip, but believe it or not the flower has its origins in Central Asia. Originally from Persia and Turkey, tulips were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where the flower earned its name due to its resemblance to a turban (tülbend in Turkish).

By the 17th century, the popularity of tulips, particularly in the Netherlands, became so great that the price of a single bulb soared to new heights, causing markets to crash and "tulip mania" to grip the nation.
Scientific name: Tulipa.
Common name: Tulip.
Family: Lilaceae.
Availability: October- June, peaks December-April. Some limited availability out of season.
Vase life: Approx. 5-10 days
Colour range: Available in a kaleidoscope of colours, in single, double, lily and parrot forms except for blue, green and black.

a few facts about Tulips

These beautiful flowers are quite interesting too. Here's a few things you probably didn't know about Tulips:

  • There are over 150 species of tulip with over 3,000 varieties.

  • Tulips are part of the lily family.

  • Despite being the quintessential Dutch flower, tulips are native to Asia.

  • The tulip is the national flower of Turkey.

  • During the 'tulip mania' of the 17th century a single tulip bulb cost almost 10 times the average annual salary.

For the Home

A single flower like the tulip makes a real statement centrepiece when arranged en masse in a chic vase, alternatively they look just as good when paired with other seasonal flowers such as narcissi and freesias.

As tulips will continue to grow after being cut, they can be hard to contain in a traditional vase. As a solution, and to create a stylish display, fill a goldfish bowl vase one quarter full of water and carefully mould the tulips around the sides of the vase.

For Brides

Tulips are a popular bridal flower, equally gorgeous when grouped as a tied posy or combined with other delicate spring flowers like ranunculus and anemones. Tulips also make great table arrangements if arranged in simple containers- but do bear in mind that they continue to grow and move. Use them in buttonholes and corsages with care.
"Tulips make a wonderful choice for Spring brides. Available in practically every colour they complement any wedding theme and can be matched to your bridesmaids' gowns. Choose the double bloom variety for a fabulously vintage look or add texture to a mixed bouquet with the stunning fringed variety. Mix all colours together to create a springtime medley of colour or keep them tonal and pair with other complimentary blooms. Either way, for a wedding full of the joys of spring, you simply cannot go wrong with the beautiful tulip."

Karen Barnes, Wedding Flowers Expert.

Tulip Care Tips

As Tulips are such wonderful flowers, you'll want them to last as long as possible. Here's how to get the most from your Tulip flowers:

  1. Remove any excess foliage that may sit below the waterline when your tulips are placed in a vase.

  2. Whilst holding the tulips under water, cut 2-3cm from the bottom of the stem. Do not let the newly cut ends dry out before transferring to your vase.

  3. Tulips are thirsty flowers so ensure water levels are topped up daily.

  4. Re-cut the stems every two days and change the water completely.

  5. Tulips are phototropic and will continue to grow for 24 hours after cutting. To minimise movement, stand them in a spot lit equally from all sides.

  6. To maximise vase life position in a cool area out of direct heat.