What Do You Know About Tulips?

Tulips 101

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Are you searching for the perfect flower and getting ready for your next planned event or wedding? Sometimes there is no right or wrong flower but a matter preference as to what fits your needs or what fits your personality. The 101 series is a series of articles helping to educate everyone with the contrasts of various flowers. You may want to read the others in this series as well as many other helpful articles.

There are five things to keep in mind with tulips:

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  1. Tulips are usually six-petaled, elongated cup-shaped flowers with slender stems and large broad leaves. Purchase or cut tulips of good size and color, although a little green tinge is all right—they will continue to develop after cutting. The tulip should be firm to the touch, and upright. Check the inside of the blossoms for signs of pollen: The centers should be clean.
  2. In aged tulips, the tips of the petals are discolored or have a transparent look. The center of the base shows signs of pollination, and the flower feels soft to the touch.
  3. The so-called Dutch tulip is a shorter variety with smaller blossom size than does the French tulip. The French tulips are longer lasting as a cut flower.
  4. Striped or variegated Rembrandt tulips look like flames of fire. Rembrandt tulips have long pointy petals. Parrot tulips have ruffles and fringe tulips have frayed edges.
  5. When Arranging with tulips, leave plenty of room, as they continue to grow and develop after being cut. They also open and close, and reach and move towards the light. Always set an arrangement of tulips in indirect light. Large tulip leaves can be gently curled and tucked between blossoms to keep flowers in place and allow you to use fewer of them.

Here is so more factual information you may also find helpful.

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Names – Tulip, tulipa

Varieties – There are 15 different divisions of tulips, with hundreds of species, the most common being the single tulip.

Colors – all colors and combinations are available except no true blue.

Scent – A few varieties have a mild, sweet scent, but most have none.

Freshness – Purchase or cut tulips when they show good size and color. A little green is fine. Tulips should be firm to the touch and upright. Check inside the blossom to see that no pollen has developed.

Vase Life – About 5 days. The French variety will last 7 days or longer.

Availability – January to May

Meaning – Declaration of true love. “I am hopelessly in love with you.”

Cost – Winter-moderately priced. Spring-inexpensive. The French variety: Winter – expensive, Spring-moderately priced.

Arranging Tip – Tulips change daily after cutting. Leave enough room for tulips to grow and move, even if they are manipulated somewhat to fit into certain combinations. See arranging tips 1, 8, 10, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20.

Growing Tip – Tulips are easy to grow in the garden for spring color and can be forced to bloom indoors in the winter. They only bloom for a short time in the spring, so plant early-, mid-, and late blooming varieties to extend tulip time. Most tulips become exhausted after a year or two, returning shorter and smaller every spring, so pick varieties that “naturalize” well.

Other – Tulips are heavy drinkers!

Now that you know a little bit more about tulips, it is time to check out some popular varieties.

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Regular Tulips include: Assorted, rainbow, white, pink, yellow, orange, hot pink, red, lavender, purple, black jack purple.

French Tulips include: White, white Maureen, pink, yellow, orange, hot pink, red.

Tulips are amazing flowers and if you are planning a wedding or event, are perhaps considering them. Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers is here to help you select the right tulips for you. Just go to their website at www.wholeblossoms.com and check out tulips as well as many other varieties.


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