I love spring, and I love flowers, good thing the two go hand in hand. The tulips haven’t bloomed yet, just the daffodils, but I’m anxiously awaiting and while I wait I thought I would add some interesting facts about tulips. My 19 Facts About Daffodils is my highest viewed post on my blog and it stuns me every day to see how many people come to learn about daffodils.
I have photographed all of these flowers you see here, not all are in my garden, I’m a neighborhood stalker and can be found crouching on the ground in random yards. Good thing we live in a small town and people know me and my photography habits. I’m trying to see how many different varieties of tulips I can photograph.
Fun and Interesting Facts About Tulips
3. Over 100 species and 4000 varieties of cultivated tulips. Majority of tulips are grown and exported from Holland. Tulip Facts
4. Average height of a tulips is 10-70 centimeters, each flower has 6 petals, and the flower life span is 3-7 days.
5. National flower of Turkey and Iran is the tulip. (History of the Tulip)
6. Tulip flowers are supposed to be a token of passion, love, romance, and a perfect lover. (So why is the rose given at Valentines day?)
7. Tulips are classified into 15 different classes based on floral charateristics, time of blooming and other traits.
8. Tulips belong to the same botanical family as onions and lilies (20 Tulip Facts)The most popular color of tulips is red, Red tulips mean “Declaration of Love”
9. Tulips Should be planted in the fall
10. Although tulip flowers are edible, and eaten during WWII, tulip bread is “…not very good…” according to a survivor of the war in the Netherlands (20 Tulip Facts)
11. Tulip wine, however is supposed to be very good and makes a lovely white wine Making Tulip Wine
12. Albany New York has one of the largest Tulip festivals with over 100,000 tulips in bloom
13. The largest Tulip grower in the United States is RoozenGaarde in Mount Vernon Washington. Owned by the Roozen family who has been growing tulips in Holland and the 14. United States since the early 1700’s
15. Tulips will bend and twist towards the light, even when placed in a vase (Interesting Tulip Facts)
16. When buying Tulips for planting the bigger the bulb the bigger the bloom. (The Flower Expert)
17. The origin of the word Tulip might be from the Turkish word “tulbend” for turban (The Flower Expert)
18. Tulip Mania occurred in the 1600’s and people have been known to trade livestock for tulips (History of the Tulip) Inflated prices caused the Tulip bubble to burst and left many Dutch bankrupt.
19. The tulip is the official symbol or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. (Fun Tulip Facts)
I’m sure there are many other facts. Add your tulip fact below in the comment and please feel free to share this post or images on Pinterest. I LOVE Pinterest and find my biggest photography inspiration there. So stay tuned for some macro flower images once they start blooming here.
I have created a line of Tulip Greeting cards for birthdays, Mothers Day and other occasions. Each one can be customized with your message on the front and inside and are available at my Zazzle Store.
Tulip Gift Ideas
For the gardener or someone who just loves tulips here are a few ideas for Mothers Day, a birthday, or just to bring a bit of spring into a cold winter day.
Tervis Tea for Tulips Wrap Bottle with Lime Green Lid, 24-Ounce, Garden PartyPink Tulip Wreath Door Decor With Burlap BowSENFAI Red Tulip Flower with Cat Eyes Opal Stone Crystal Pendant Necklace Woman Summer Flower Rose Gold Chain NecklacesEsky Waterproof Tulip Solar Powered LED Garden Lights, Solar Path Lights for Path Patio Deck Driveway Garden Christmas Party WeddingEverbling Tulip Flower with Red and Green Austrian Crystal 925 Sterling Silver Bead Fits Pandora Charm BraceletMulticolor Tulips Table Linens RunnerTulip Love: Picture Book (30 Days of Aspirations & Words Series)20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and 44 Other Fabulous Flowers: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers