The tulip is a traditional Dutch flower. Every year many tourists come to the Netherlands, the land of tulips, to see the beautiful tulip fields. But did you know that the origin of the tulip is not in the Netherlands?
The word tulip comes from the word Tulipa. Tulipa is a Latin word and means in Dutch: the flower that looks like a turban. During the 16th century this flower was cultivated and traded in and around Turkey. Men there wore a turban. And so the name Tulipa was born.
In the 16th century there were not many bulbs available and only the rich people could pay for one or more tulips. Halfway the 16th century, a first shipment of tulip bulbs arrived at Antwerp, and soon Dutch bulb cultivation began. A single tulip bulb at that time was worth as much as an entire canal house in Amsterdam.
In the 17th century, in the Netherlands tulip market started to grow considerably and the "tulip fever" broke out. The tulip was highly sought after by rich people and had already been sold on paper, while the bulb was still in the soil. More were sold than were ultimately available. And so problems arose. Halfway through the 17th century, the tulip fever, also called the tulip market bubble, collapsed and they were sold for a more acceptable price.
Important flower in the Netherlands
The tulip is still an important flower in the Netherlands. Nowadays, our small country exports nearly 2.5 billion tulip bulbs to other countries every year and we are known as the land of clogs, windmills and tulips. Holland has the largest flower bulb fields in the world and therefore attracts many tourists every year.
What is your favorite colour?
There are many different colors and shapes of tulips. Every color has a different meaning. We call them for you:
✴ The red variant is a symbol of loyalty, friendship and true love. You give this to someone you love.
✴ The pink variant stands for happiness and elegance. Congratulate someone with a bunch of pink tulips.
✴ The purple variant stands for royal dignity, but also for peace. Purple ones are therefore suitable for multiple occasions.
✴ The orange variant is a symbol for the Netherlands. The color also stands for enthusiasm. For example, are you excited to reunite with someone after a long time? Then the orange tulip is a good idea to give.
✴ The yellow variant stands for warmth, pleasure and happiness. Give this to someone if you want to cheer them up.
✴ The white variant stands for forgiveness and you can give it to someone as a gesture to say sorry.
Only blue and black colored variants do not exist. Some species appear black, but are actually dark purple.
Care tips for professionals
Tulips grow about 5 - 15 centimeters in a bucket of water. Prevent them for growing too fast by keeping them short but also cool. Avoid botrytis by working clean and dry the moment you start processing the flour. Do you process tulips in a bouquet or arrangement? Keep in mind that the stem is still growing, so place them a little lower in the bouquet. In case you mix tulip with a daffodil in a bouquet, add bulb flower food to the water. Daffodils release mucus after cutting. The flower food prevents this from having an adverse effect on the tulips.
Buying tulips at Heemskerk Flowers
At Heemskerk Flowers you can buy tulips online via our website. Choose from a wide range every year. In the webshop you can filter on types of tulips, such as:
✴ Single tulip. This is the "standard" tulip and is available in all colors of the rainbow, except blue.
✴ Double tulip. The name says it all. This flower has double petals and therefore has a lot of volume.
✴ Parrot tulp. This flower has beautiful frayed petals. The parrot tulip is available in different colors.
✴ Fringed tulip. The petals of this flower are fringed and often have a crystal-like shine.
You can purchase your tulips quickly and easily via our webshop. With the user-friendly filter you can view the entire range in one overview. Do you prefer to view only a certain type such as the fringed? This is possible by filtering on this type.
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