Tulip Flower Information:
- Scientific Name: Tulipa
- Common Name: Tulip
- Origin: Southern Europe & Central Asia
- Current Status: Popular throughout the world in the garden and as a cut flower
Tulips came into fashion in the Netherlands in the 1600s and have stayed since.
The tulip consists of 4 subspecies, 75 species, and more than 3,000 variations.
The Lifecycle of a Bulb
Each year the tulip bulb dies and is replaced by one or several other bulbs that can be dug up, separated, and replanted in fall.
Tulips that grow outside of areas with cold winters often have to refrigerate their bulbs to cool them before planting in the spring. Some places will even refrigerate bulbs for 12 weeks to stimulate growth!
Another Inch To Go!
Tulips will continue to grow in the vase after they’ve been cut, using a ton of water, and bending toward the light.
A Lily At Heart
Tulips are an often spring-flowering part of the lily family!
Additional Tulip Flower Information & Facts:
- During Tulip Mania, it’s thought that the cost of 1 bulb was as high as 2X that of the average house and 10X the average annual salary.
- Tulips come in almost all colors of the rainbow, including an almost black.
- Some tulip flowers look like lilies. Others have up to 12 petals and multiple flowers per stem.
- In New England’s climate, tulips should be planted in the fall and in well-drained soil, about 4-6 inches apart.
- The majority of tulips in the US are from just one subspecies. This species is called Tulipa gesneriana, the garden tulip, or Didier’s Tulip.
- Tulip mania stemmed from a virus that broke the normally solid color of the tulip but eventually killed the plant.