A New Year, a fresh start! So, let’s kick start the month with one of our favourite spring flowers, Tulips! With a huge range of bright colours, astonishing varieties, shapes and sizes, the Tulip is the perfect flower to welcome us into the New Year!
You’d think you can hardly get anything more Dutch, especially with the song ‘Tulips from Amsterdam’ but infact the first commercial cultivation began in the Ottoman Empire. The word ‘tulip’ is derived from the Persian word ‘dulband’, meaning ‘turban’. The tulip is a plant grown from bulb and is a genus ‘Tulipa’ in the Liliaceae family.
Colours and Shapes
The ever-cheerful tulip is available in a vast range of colours, varieties and sizes. They are in red, white, pink, yellow, purple, orange, green or with multi-coloured petals, and the tulip’s shapes are also a feast for the eye. What’s more, they are available in different varieties, from single row, to double, to eye-catching fringed and parrot tulips with serrated petals! You can get peony tulips and the exceptionally tall, large flowered French tulips!
In the sixteenth century, giving someone a tulip was infact like giving them a fortune. However, in these days a nice bunch of tulips now costs just a couple of pounds, but the symbolism has gained in value! If you give someone tulips, your sending them a message. Red tulips symbolise passionate love, black tulips say “I love you so much that I will sacrifice everything for you.” and white tulips send a message of forgiveness and claim worthiness. So you don’t give those to just anybody!
Like many flowers, the variety names are simply fabulous! Not only do they have bright colours that are sure to turn any frown upside down, but the names for each variety make tulips the perfect gift for a friend, relative or colleague! From hobbies, delicacies, countries, careers to names, there is always something for you.
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The largest, permanent display of tulips in the world is in Keukenhof, Holland. Tulips are now very popular in Australia and tulip festivals are held in September & October, (Australian Spring time).
Caring for Tulips
To get the best from your wholesale cut tulips, please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with water and add flower food for a longer vase life.
- Place the tulips in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Tulips will always bend towards the light. It is always a good idea to leave the wrappers on while conditioning. Tulips can also be wired before arranging to prevent bending stems.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the tulips in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.
With the holidays over, the cold weather, and the long commutes in the dark, there is nothing better than brightening your home with a spectacular tulip bouquet. Simple, but truly effective, a bunch of tulips is bound to shed the down mood and burst with colour to turn that frown upside down.
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Commercially grown tulips have one flower per stem and their leaves have a rubbery, fleshy feel to them. Most commercial tulips available in the UK’s wholesale flower markets are between 30 & 40cm tall. They are wholesaled in wraps of 50 stems at a time. French tulips are available in taller stem lengths, typically between 50 and 70cm tall and are a big favourite for their use in wedding flowers. French tulips are the cream of the crop – they are much more expensive than Dutch tulips, but are just fantastic!
To view tulip varieties and purchase your own, visit here.
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