Origin: Middle East
Availability: Typically the Cooler Months, Winter & Spring
Colours: White, Yellow, Orange, Red, Pink, Purple depending on varieties.
What’s in a name: The name Tulip is seemingly derived from the Persian delband meaning “turban” which refers to the perceived resemblance of the shape. It’s possible that this was actually an error in translation though as it was fashionable to adorn turbans with tulips in the Ottoman Empire.
Tulips originally were found in a band stretching from Southern Europe to Central Asia, but since the seventeenth century have become widely naturalised and cultivated (see map). In their natural state they are adapted to steppes and mountainous areas with temperate climates. Flowering in the spring, they become dormant in the summer once the flowers and leaves die back, emerging above ground as a shoot from the underground bulb in early spring.
Why we love it: These wondrous blooms “twirl” towards any light they find, creating beautiful movement in a vase all on their own which we absolutely think is divine and wonderful, similar to that of Sunflowers chasing the Sun. The world of tulips is vast and varied and continually expanding. Forever loved the world over, Tulips were even used as a form of currency briefly in the 17th century in what is referred to as “Tulipmania”.
There are so many colours and shapes to discover, it’s impossible to grow weary of them we keep getting our hands on other varieties so you're bound to see Tulips in your Flowers Gold Coast Bouquets!
How to get the most out of them: You may have heard of many tips and tricks to keep tulips straight and lasting but we’re all about keeping it simple and celebrating their natural beauty.
- Purchase when buds are tight but showing colour
- Choose bunches with strong stems and glossy green leaves
- Keep in a cool space in cool water
- Remove lower leaves and recut stems with sharp secateurs
- Never use preservative
- Refresh water daily
- Avoid mixing with members of the Narcissus family such as Daffodils and Jonquils