Flower of the month- Tulip

Welcome to May, a truly beautiful month of the year. With Mother’s Day at the beginning of the month what better flower to learn about then everyone’s favorite the Tulip.  The Tulip is a spring blooming flower which becomes dormant in the summer once the flower and the leaves die back. The bulb remains in ground and then the flower begins emerging above ground as a shoot from the underground bulb in early spring.

Types- The flowers are usually large, showy and brightly colored and devoid of scent. They consist of one bloom per stem but it is not unusual to see a double bloom. The Tulip stands erect but begins a gradual, graceful arching once fresh cut. The flower is generally cupped shaped but there are a few variations of the petal available to us.

  • The Fringed Tulip also known as “Crispa” Tulips, this variety is known for its fine fringe on the edge of the petals. In many varieties, the fringe color contrasts with the color of the bloom, giving these types of tulips an extra flair.
  • The Parrot Tulip known for their vibrant colors and feathery or ruffled petals reminiscent of a tropical parrot. Whereas the traditional Tulip has usually a solid colored petal the Parrot Tulip has several colors beginning with the green from the stem then varying outward.
  • Double Tulip has multi layered petals still in the Tulip format but double the impact!

Origin- The Tulip was cultivated in Persia but did not gain the attention of the West until the sixteenth century when Western diplomats to the Ottoman Empire were introduced to it. The Tulip was rapidly introduced to Europe and became a frenzied commodity and even led to a “Tulip mania” where prices reached extraordinary high levels.  Since then the Tulip has become associated with the Netherlands, currently the major producer for world markets.

Flower Care- When properly cared for, cut Tulips will stay fresh in a vase of water for seven to ten days. Pick a vase that will rise up to cover at least half the height of the tulips. They'll be able to lean against the vase without as much bending over. Don't style tulips with flowers in the Narcissus family, Daffodils and other flowers in this family exude a substance that ruins your Tulip flowers. 

Fun Facts- Unlike most cut flowers, tulips keep growing in the vase, sometimes up to 6 inches or more! Avoid adding gin, vodka or pennies to the tulip water, brushing the blooms with egg whites or piercing the stems just under the bloom. None of these “home remedies” has ever proved to have any real benefit.  

Welcome the month of May with vibrantly colored Tulips. Order for Mother’s Day or throughout the month!