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Guide to Tulip Flowers
1.1 What is the meaning of the Tulip flower and what do they symbolise?
In general, tulips are symbolic of fame, fortune and love. However, with such an abundance of colours, tulips can mean just about anything. A few examples include:
- True Love: Let your partner, crush or date know that she’s the one for you. Choose red tulips for extra romance points.
- Fame: With origins back to 17th century Europe when tulips were prized as currency, to have an inventory of tulips was guaranteed fortune and fame. Bless that special someone with tulips for a long life of riches and wealth.
- Desire: Orange is an outgoing colour, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a flower more motivating and enthusiastic than an orange tulips. Arrange in the workplace for that extra inspiration and reminder of productivity.
1.2 What occasions are best to give Tulip flowers as a gift?
Tulips are so timeless that they can make a great alternative to roses and other more popular flowers. They emit just a faint spring scent so are ideal for handheld posies and for folks with flower allergens. Times to give tulips are:
- Sympathy: White tulips arranged with other white flowers create a pure and peaceful flower arrangement to lay farewell to the departed and sympathize with the family and friends.
- Get Well Soon: Since tulips bloom in early spring, a time for hope and new life, so will the sick or distraught recipient recover and find new life when they finally get better.
- Just Because: Anytime is tulip time. They are such a strong embodiment of nature’s grace and elegance that any occasion where flowers can be given makes tulips suitable.
1.3 How long do Tulips from a florist live for?
One of the most ideal qualities of the tulip is it’s unique ability – phototropism. More commonly known as the ‘tulip dance’, unlike practically all cut flowers which slowly begin to wither when they are cut, cut tulips from a florist continue to grow even when cut. They will open up during the day, then conceal their petals and curl up at night.
With proper maintenance, a vase of tulips can live for up to a week in freshness. They are fairly thirsty flowers and require a lot of fresh water – changing the water daily is a must. As well as changing the water, ensure that the container you are holding them in is as sterile as can be.
When replacing the water daily, cut the stems under water to re-open the water channels within the stem. Do so underwater to not allow any air to travel through the channels, which damages the flower heads.
Flower food is a bonus, but not particularly necessary for cut tulips. Adding a teaspoon of sugar to the water each time you change should be sufficient. Keep them away from any heat emitting sources or places where they may dry out. Indirect sunlight is ideal.
1.4 What different type of Tulip flower species are there?
The Tulipa genus contains over 100 species, though in reality the majority of tulips we see and grow are only a select handful. These include, but are not limited to:
- Single Early: The traditional and original tulip with a single cup flower. The enclosed head and thick stem create a highly weather and climate resistant plant.
- Double Early: Long lasting blooms with wide rolling petals, resembling a peony more than anything.
- Triumph: These are arguably the most popular breed of tulip. With the traditional cup-shaped head, long stems and variety of bright colours, it’s no surprise they’re one of the more sought after tulip varieties.
- Fringed: From a distance, these flowers can actually be confused for silk flowers due to their apparently tattered edges. They are increasingly popular each season, with their uneven edges give them a unique spark in the world of flowers.
- Parrot: Who says tulips have to be plain and simple? Parrot tulips break free from the mould with their wide open blooms filled with colorful patterns and shapes. Whether it’s bizarre twists, curls or waves, you’re sure to find a bizarre bloom in a parrot tulip.
1.5 What conditions does the Tulip flower need to grow?
Climate: Tulips are fairly temperature resistant flowers whose bulbs are planted in the winter in time for a spring-time blooming.
Soil: Tulip bulbs prefer a slightly acidic towards neutral soil ranging from 6.0-7.0 pH. The soil should be mixed with organic compost and matter and provide sufficient drainage to hydrate the bulb below the surface.
Planting: Tulips grow from perennial bulbs – they should ideally be planted in loose soils where it has recently rained, or has at least been hydrated manually. See a step by step guide to planting tulips here.
Fertilizer: Tulips should generally only be fertilized once a year during Autumn. As bulbs, they die off after the spring and any nutrients will not be able to be absorbed. Find out more about fertilizing tulips here.
Insects & Disease: Tulips have similar pest, bacterial and fungal problems as other bulbous flowers. Whether it’s aphids or slugs, see a short guide to tulip insects & diseases here.
Height at Bloom: Once the typical tulip has bloomed late in spring, they reach 30-60cm from stem to head.
Watering: After the bulbs have been planted and watered once, they generally should not be watered again until the leaves begin to sprout. Once the stem is growing and on it’s way to blooming, they should be watered by hand during prolonged periods without rainfall.