Learn All About Tulip Care


Tulips are spring flowers that are native to Central Asia and Turkey. The word Tulip is derived from the Turkish word ‘tulbend,” which means turban. The tulips belong to the lily family and grow as small bulbs. The flowers are large and come with six petals.

Tulips are available in more than 100 species in different tulip colors like red, white, pink, and yellow tulips. They originally grow in mountainous areas with a temperate climate but are now cultivated in meadows as well as fields. Different hybrid varieties of tulips are currently being developed all over the world. Thus, tulips are one of the favorite flowers of florists for making bouquets as well as ornamental gardens.

Types of Tulips

There are different tulip varieties, each varying in their color, size, and length. Tulips are broadly divided into three categories depending on the season they bloom. Early blooming tulips bloom in March and early April. Mid flowering tulips bloom in April and early May. In the second half of May, you can find late blooming tulips.

Here are a few popular varieties of tulips that you can grow in your garden.

Single Early Tulips: These are the first variety of tulips to bloom in a year. They usually open during the cold winter months and lasts for a longer period. Single early tulips are available as pink, white, yellow and red tulips.

When paired with flowers like peonies and hyacinths, they would make an excellent flower bouquet.

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Single Late Tulips: Single late tulips require slightly warmer climate and blooms during the spring months of April and May. They are bigger than the single early tulips and comes in colors like pink, orange, and deep red. These tulips are either of the same color or with a contrasting color on its edge.
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Double tulips: These tulips resemble peonies and come with multi-layered petals. They bloom during early or late spring and have a bloom size of 6 inches. They can be used in bedding and can also be paired with other flowers for flower arrangements.
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Fringed tulips: These tulips got its name from the fringes that appear at the edge of the petal. For some tulips, the fringe comes in contrasting color thus providing a stunning appearance to the flower.

If you are using them with other beautiful flowers for making a bouquet, make sure that the flowers selected are slimmer so that the beauty of the fringes are visible.
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Lily Flowered Tulips: Unlike other tulips, the lily-flowered tulips have pointed petals that arch outwards. Thus, it creates the look of a star. These tulips come in different colors like pink, white, and orange and have contrasting colors in their petal.
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Parrot tulips: These tulips are multi-colored with feathery petals resembling that of a parrot. Their flowers are large and cup-shaped and are available in a range of colors like purple, green, yellow, and orange. Since their blooms are very large and stems are long, they are the most delicate of all the tulips.
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Tulips Facts

  • Tulips belong to the lily family.
  • Tulips are native to Central Asia and Turkey though Amsterdam is considered as the Tulip capital of the world.
  • Tulips were once the most expensive flowers in the world. This time was called the “tulip mania.”
  • The Netherlands is the largest producer and exporter of tulips in the world.
  • There are 150 species of tulips with more than 3000 varieties.
  • Tulip bouquet is the second most gifted flower in the world next to a bouquet of roses.
  • Tulips are edible. The flowers are used instead of onion in dishes and also for making wine.
  • Each color of the tulip bulbs has a separate meaning. While the red tulips stand for love, the purple one denotes royalty.
  • The ‘queen of night’ tulips has dark purple petals that are close to black color.
  • Tulips in spring are very popular, and there are various festivals related to the same. But the tulips last only for a maximum of one to two week.

General Care

Water: Just like other plants, over-watering can kill tulips. Thus, water the plant once the topsoil is dry. Too much water on the soil can lead to fungus and other disease, thus rotting the bulb. You can add pine bark or sand to facilitate fast drainage of water.

If there is water logging because of excess rain, then you should drain out the excess water.

Fertilizer: Tulips should be fertilized with a fertilizer ratio of 9-9-6. While adding fertilizer, you should always add it from the top of the soil so that the fertilizer that reaches the roots are less concentrated. The nutrients should release into the roots slowly; otherwise, it will be leached away before it reaches the bulb.

Soil: Only well-draining soil should be used for planting tulips. Tulips do not like moisture. Thus, if the soil retains moisture, then it can kill the plant. The soil should be neutral to slightly acidic so that the plant can grow properly.

Diseases: Blight or tulip fire can cause the tulip flower to turn gray. If you notice the flower becoming gray, you should either cut off that part or dig and throw away the entire plant. This prevents the disease from spreading to other plants.

The best way to protect the tulip from disease is to ensure that the soil is adequately moist and slightly acidic. The fertilizer should be added at the right time, and the plant should get a little bit of shade.

Once you plant the tulips, it takes 14 weeks for the blooms to appear. Thus, plant the tulips well ahead of time so that you get abundant flowers at the right time.

Growing tulips in the hot weather of Dubai is next to impossible. The only solution is to get tulip bouquet from flower shop Dubai and decorate your house.

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