The Tulip

Tulip
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This quintessentially Dutch flower actually originates from Iran, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. When it arrived in the Low Countries, the tulip was enthusiastically embraced and tulip bulbs were even worth as much as an Amsterdam canal side house. Nowadays a big bunch of tulips is very affordable and brings us with it a healthy dose of spring fever.

Colours and shapes of the tulip

In their search for the perfect tulip, we are rapidly confronted with an enormous choice. Tulips come in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or with multi-coloured petals. We also have plenty of choice when it comes to the shape. There are tulips with a single or double row of petals, eye-catching fringed and parrot tulips with serrated petals, and the elegant lily-flowered tulip. There are peony tulips that look like peonies, and French tulips that are exceptionally tall with very large flowers.

Care tips

These care tips will enable your customers to enjoy their tulips for five to twelve days:

  • Select a clean vase and fill it with tap water at room temperature.
  • Cut or trim the stems diagonally with a clean and sharp knife or secateurs.
  • If the tulips are drooping, place them in 15 cm of water wrapped in paper or film for an hour first. By the end the tulips will be neatly straightened up.
  • Regularly top up the vase with tap water.
  • Tulips’ stems can sometimes grow another few centimetres.
  • Tulips last longer in a cool spot: don’t place them in direct sunlight or near a source of heat.
  • Don’t place tulips near a fruit bowl. Fruit emits ethylene gas which will cause the flowers to age rapidly.

A spectacular bouquet with tulips

You can create some authentic Dutch cheer with tulips! It’s one of the few flowers to have its very own vase. You can have the flowers burst enthusiastically out of the various openings. A sizeable bunch of tulips combined with carnations, roses, Viburnum (snowball), lilac and ranunculus turns a bouquet into a celebration. Pick a nice vase with a cheerful pattern or plenty of colour for a surprising, fun and colourful effect. You will be delighted with this instant cheerfulness.

The tulip’s symbolism

Not a lot of people know that the tulip also has symbolic meanings. Red tulips mean passionate love, and black tulips mean: ‘I love you so much I will sacrifice everything for you.’ Source: BBH

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