Tulips are one of the most popular flowers anywhere. They’re widely used in floral arrangements, bouquets, and in floral decorating schemes for weddings. Their popularity dates back to the 16thcentury, but before that, they made their way from Persia and Central Asia, thanks to Nomads, to the seat of the Ottoman Empire in Constantinople. Not surprisingly, tulips have become very popular because of a history tracing back about 500 years.
Tulips Traveled from the Ottoman Empire to Western Europe, Then Holland
After tulips arrived in the Ottoman Empire, thanks to the insights of Nomadic tribes who brought them to Turkey, an ambassador to Emperor Ferdinand I, shared some of the bulbs during his European travels. One of the people he met was the famous botanist Carolus Clusius, a professor at Leiden University in Germany, and the first person to write an authoritative book about tulips, which appeared in 1592.
Thanks to his books, the townspeople became so taken by these unusual flowers, as they called them, that they weren’t ashamed to raid his garden, dig them off and run off with them, stealing them on a regular basis.
Tulips in Holland
Holland is known for spectacular flowers, and because of that, it earned the nickname of “flower shop of the world.” “Tulip Mania,” or tulipomania, was a legitimate phenomenon that developed in the mid 17th century. People were so anxious to buy them that the price shot up very quickly. Eventually, they were so valuable that people used tulip bulbs in place of cash. That practice only lasted until the demand for tulips lessened.
A yearly tulip festival is organized in Noordoostpolder. This popular flower festival takes place in the tulip fields, and it is celebrated from the end of April through early May. People travel from all over the world to see the colorful fields and to enjoy the celebrations associated with the festival.
Tulips came to the United States with Dutch immigrants. They set up communities in places like New Amsterdam, which is now known as New York. They also settled in Holland Michigan, and yearly tulip festivals are held in these places and other towns with a strong Dutch cultural heritage
Basic Information About Tulips
If you want to get your cut tulips to last longer, follow this recommendation from the Farmer’s Almanac.
- Cut the stems on the diagonal
- Make a newspaper funnel to wrap the top two-thirds of your tulip stems in.
- After wrapping the stems in the newspaper funnel, place them in cold water and allow them to stay there for a couple of hours.
- Come back to remove the funnel, cut the stems on the diagonal again and place them in a vase filled with fresh water.
- Make a point of changing the water every day.
Today, we sell tulips as plants and cut flowers, year round. If you’re looking for a spectacular way to bring spring into your home, even during the cold winter months, look no further than the Trio of Tulips Bouquet from Eastern Floral. This luxurious bouquet has three bunches of 10 tulips, each in a different color.