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Tulip(Tulipa), is a genus of single seed-lobe plants from the Lilium family (Liliaceae). Originally, the flower  comes from Hungary.  By conquests of Süleyman I this area came under Ottoman influence.  This was the reason that the flower ended up in Turkey.

Later it was spotted in Turkey itself, where it became a popular spring flower, for the Turks a symbol of life and fertility.  In 1562 the tulip entered Europe via Antwerp.  Around 1593, the first flowers turned up in the Netherlands.  The first documented specimen were planted by Carolus Clusius in the Botanical garden of Leiden, founded and lead by him since 1593.  The forest tulip (Tulipa sylvestris) is the only specimen to be found as wild plants and has become established since the 19th century.

Ottoman sultans wore a tulip on their turban as a symbol. The name tulip stems from the Persian word ‘tulipan’ which means turban.

Cultivated tulips

Tulips cannot be cultivated in a warm climate because they need colds nights and a cold winter to be able to grow.

Tulip bulbs are usually planted in October and November.  The period of flowering  runs from mid April till the end of May.  Apart from the cultivated tulip one also knows the ‘botanical tulip’, which is very well suitable for the garden, because  the bulbs can stay in the ground and will come out again the next year.

Cultivating new bulbs happens by planting tulip bulbs in the autumn (October and November). The buds between the tunics of the bulb grow out to new bulbs where the old bulb is used for nutrition.  The bud next to the grow point … ««  Read More  »»

The Tulip in the Netherlands

The Netherlands are famous for their cultivated tulips and is one of the most dominating countries in export of tulips and tulip bulbs. Traditionally, in spring, the Keukenhof in Lisse organises an exhibition of millions of tulips.  This is visited very well by mainly tourists... ««  Read More  »»