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Fun facts about tulips

Tulip Fun Facts

Bring on tulip season! Tulips are getting more popular every single year and with good reason. There’s so much to know about this interesting flower. Since we, at Finnflor, are very exciting for the upcoming tulip season, we wanted to share some fun facts about this beautiful flower.

Ten fun facts about tulips

  1. There are over 150 species of tulips, with over 3,000 naturally occurring and genetically cultivated varieties. New varieties are still being created, but it takes at least 20 years of cultivation before they are available to buy.
  2. Tulips are native to central Asia. It wasn’t until 1594 that the first tulip ‘officially’ bloomed in Holland after the Flemish botanist, Carolus Clusius, director of Leiden University’s new Hortus Botanicus, planted some of his own tulip bulbs.
  3. The name ‘Tulip’ originated from the Persian word ‘delband’ meaning turban, given the flowers turban shape. Another reason for its association with Turkey is because locals would often decorate their turbans with tulip stems.
  4. Tulips are related to another popular spring flower, the lily. They are part of the Liliaceae family, as are lilies, onions, garlic and asparagus (another Dutch favourite).
  5. At one point in history, tulips were the most expensive flower in the world. Between 1634 and 1637 it is said tulips cost almost 10 times what an average working-class man earned in a year; this time period was known as “Tulip Mania”.
  6. Currently tulips are the third most popular flower in the world, with roses coming in first and chrysanthemums coming in second. On Valentine’s Day the tulip is the second most gifted flower (after of course the rose).
  7. Tulips will only bloom naturally for 3-7 days in spring. If you trim the stems of your freshly cut tulips, they will continue to grow in your vase for at least another inch.
  8. Most tulips have one flower per stem. However, there are some species that have up to 4 flowers per stem.
  9. Tulips are usually sweetly scented and, depending on the variety, they can grow from a few inches to over two feet tall. They are also available in every colour of the rainbow with the exception that there are no pure blue varieties.
  10. Tulips are edible! During World War II, tulips were often eaten by those who couldn’t afford other foods. The flowers can be used to replace onions in many recipes, and they can even be made into wine.

Did you know… that on January 18, 2020 it’s National Tulip Day in The Netherlands? On this day the Dam Square in Amsterdam is filled with different tulips and everyone is invited to pick their own tulip for free. A very fun way to get excited for the upcoming tulip season.

Tulips from Finnflor

Do you feel (after reading this) your flower shop needs more tulips? We don’t blame you! We are crazy about tulips and that’s why you can order different shapes, sizes and colours in our webshop. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.


Source: Connect International

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