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TULIPS - The flower of the Month JANUARY

Think you know the tulip - take another look!

Origin of the tulip

You may be aware that the tulip came to the Netherlands from Turkey but you probably don’t realise that this quintessentially Dutch flower actually originates from Iran, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan … a fun fact for them and you!

When it arrived in the Low Countries, the tulip was enthusiastically embraced and tulip bulbs were even worth as much as an Amsterdam canal side house. Nowadays a big bunch of tulips is very affordable and brings with it a healthy dose of spring fever!

Colours and shapes of the tulip 

In their search for the perfect tulip, you can be confronted with an enormous choice. Tulips come in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or with multi-coloured petals. As well as the huge selection of colours you also have plenty of choice when it comes to the shape. There are tulips with a single or double row of petals, eye-catching fringed and parrot tulips with serrated petals, and the elegant lily-flowered tulip. There are peony tulips that look like peonies, and French tulips that are exceptionally tall with very large flowers.  There really are as many character types in the world of tulips as there are people, the selection is quite extrodinary.  It maybe that in your supermarket you may be confronted with the same varieties most days and weeks, but go into your local BFA professional florist shop and it will be a different story.  If you want to treat someone to a beautiful bunch of unusal tulips put you florist to the test! ask them to order in for you a variety to knock your socks off - we bet you won't be disapointed.

Care tips for the customer

These care tips will enable you to enjoy their tulips for five to twelve days:
• Select a clean vase and fill it with tap water at room temperature. *
• Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life. *
• Cut or trim the stems diagonally with a clean and sharp knife, scizzors or secateurs. *
• If the tulips are drooping, place them in 15 cm of water wrapped in paper or film for an hour first. By the end the tulips will be neatly straightened up.
• Regularly top up the vase with tap water. *
• Tulips’ stems can sometimes grow another few centimetres.
• Tulips last longer in a cool spot: don’t place them in direct sunlight or near a source of heat. *
• Don’t place tulips near a fruit bowl. Fruit emits ethylene gas which will cause the flowers to age rapidly. *

* Great advice for all flowers not just tulips

A spectacular bouquet with tulips

You can create some authentic Dutch cheer with tulips and really bright yours or anothers day them!

It’s one of the few flowers to have its very own vase in the form of a bulb, flowering bulbs can be removed from a pot and soil and used in arrangements if you want to let your creative side go wild .

More simply you can pick a nice vase with a cheerful pattern or plenty of colour for a surprising, fun and colourful effect. Be a little more daring and try the flowers burst enthusiastically out of the various containers, from an unused tea pot, or a colourful jug to a bowl covered with a wooly hat.  A glass vase covered with a pair of fishnet tights! - it might not work for all flowers, but select the right tulip and even the strangest receptical can be used! 

We're sure you'll be delighted with this instant cheerfulness.

Mix it up - A sizeable bunch of tulips combined with other flowers for example carnations, roses, Viburnum (snowball), lilac and ranunculus turns a bouquet into a celebration!

The tulip’s symbolism
Not a lot of people know that the tulip also has symbolic meanings. Red tulips mean passionate love, and black tulips mean: ‘I love you so much I will sacrifice everything for you.’ with valentines day on February the 14th being perfectly in sync with the tulip season it's an ideal alternative!

More information on the Tulip can be found within our flower finder section CLICK HERE to be directed straight to the tulip page.

Tulips BFA expert knowledge
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