Tulips is one of the most famous and extravagant flower and is widely grown in different parts of the world. It has some narrative history with some wonderful facts which we are going to share with you just to enlighten you about this splendid flower.
The early growth of Tulips dates back to 1000 AD in Central Asia, first cultivated by Turks. Holland, supposedly the current homeland of Tulips was totally unknown to it till sixteenth century. It became popular among gardeners of western Mediterranean and the steppes of Central Asia, with some species can be found growing wild in northern Africa, southern Europe, and in Japan. The flower actually traveled to Western Europe and reached Netherlands through Turks. Today Netherlands is currently the chief source of tulip bulbs with millions cultivated each year for the world.
The Name Origin
The name Tulip has a very odd origin. When introduced in Europe, many gardeners resembled the flower’s shape with Turkish head wear They named the flower “tulipan” from Turkish word “tuilbend”, name of turban. From there the French word “Tulipe” and then the English version “Tulip” came.
Tulips are raised from seeds and the flowers grow after seven years of meticulous cultivation. Most tulips are raised from shoots of a parent plant not a seed. A shoot start producing flowers in about three years. The tulip bulbs require a dark period and winter chill to bloom in spring.
Tulip is a very vibrant flower with thousands of varieties which vary from region to region. Several famous and colorful tulip varieties include Rising Sun, White Hawk, Couleur de Cardinal, Pride of Haarlem, and Prince of Austria.
Tulips when raised through seed have one color throughout at that time. From them the good plants called the ‘breeder’ tulips are saved which then along with their offspring grow for years producing flowers of the same hue. Tulips grown from single parent change so greatly over two to three generations that their relation is unrecognizable and this property produces the prized variegated tulips.
Tulips can be useful edibles and used in different cooking recipes. They can be used in dried powdered form and added in flour or cereal products. Their fresh petals can be used to add color and texture to garnishing, ice cubes and salad dressings. The petals have light veggie flavor and can be added to salads and vegetable platters.
Tulips whether fresh or dried can be best utilized for decoration in different genres. Fresh flowers as we all know can be made a part of flower bouquets for delivery, flower arrangements, and flower decorations. On the other hand when dried they can be glued on greeting cards, vases, or used in dry flower arrangements. Pressed tulip flowers can be used for crafted candles and decorated soaps.
Tulips are grown in diversity and since they are spring flowers hence special tulip festivals are conducted to depict the arrival of spring around the world. Several US cities of North America host festivals which include Albany (New York), Holland (Michigan), Lehi (Utah), Orange City (Iowa), Mount Vernon (Washington), Skagit Valley (Washington) and Woodburn (Oregon).
In UK, Spalding (England) has major tulip parade that comes in first week of May and is a major tourist’s attraction.
In India, Tulips festival is celebrated in Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in April, which is the largest Tulip garden in Asia.
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