Just about as Dutch as one can get, you might think. Yet, Tulips originally come from the much more exotic regions of Iran, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. Nomads took the flowers with them to Turkey, where they quickly gained favour

Tulips need a cold period to grow.  
That's why many tulip growers create their own winter with cold store's.
After this period the tulips go into the glashouses where's its warm and moist. 
So the growers can have tulips earlyer in the winter.

Usually tulipbulbs are planted outside in the months oktober and november.
The flowering period of tulips extends from April to June. Many tourists come to Holland in this period off the year to watch the beautiful collored tulip fields!
Unfortunately these beautiful fields don't last long beacause when the tulip's are in the right stadium the flower heads need to be cut by the grower.
This happends with a cut machine that only cut the head of the tullip. 

Why they do this is because when you cut the flower all the food en energy goes to the bulb!
If you don't cut the tulips like this. the tulip flower comes fully open and then the tulip starts to produce a seed capsule.
And that's not what the grower wants for his product.

So by cutting the tulip heads alle the energy goes to the bulb and you will get a strong big bulb!

75% of the grown bulbs is intended for flower production in holland or abroad.
The other 25 % is for selling to costumers or is going to be planted in public gardens or parks.



  •   Properties
    Scientific name
    Iran, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan
    Turkish sultans wore Tulips on their turbans. That is where the flower got its name, from the Turkish ‘tulipan’, which means turban in English
    Shelf life
    Tulips will last between 5 and 12 days (depending on country of sale, shipping and storage time, the provision of cut flower food, freshness and conditions at the consumer).
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  •   Care tips florists
    • Tulips can continue to grow by 5 to 15 cm; it is important to take account of this when creating a bouquet or arrangement or when displaying in store. Account should also be taken of the fact that tulips continue to grow when mounting them on wire. Growers sometimes pre-treat tulips in order to restrict growth.
    • Store tulips as cool as possible in order to prevent them from ripening further. A temperature of 2 to 5 degrees Celsius at the florist is best - the cooler the better.
    • The flowers can be stored dry in a cooled space in order to prevent further growth. If necessary place them in a little water to ensure that the flower is sufficiently rigid when sold.
    • On arrival in store it is a good idea to wrap the tulips tightly in the water and allow them to drink standing upright from a shallow layer of water in order to prevent them from growing crooked.
    • Cut off the white part which can often be found at the bottom of the stem, so that the flower can take up water more easily, and place the flowers in the sales area in a shallow layer of water.
    • Prevent condensation or the flowers or foliage from getting wet because of Botrytis.
    • We occasionally encounter ‘topple’ - this can cause the tulip to bend, which destroys the flower’s decorative value.


  •   Care tips consumers
    • Cut a piece off the end of the stem and place the tulips in cold water.
    • Give the flowers cut flower food (specifically for tulips or general).
    • The vase needs to be topped up regularly: tulips are very thirsty.
    • The best position is in a cool spot.
    • Tulips will finish flowering faster in a warm room, next to heat sources or in direct sunlight.
    • Tulips should not be placed next to fruit because the ethylene gas which the fruit gives off will cause the tulips to age rapidly.