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Passion of Tulips

Updated on November 1, 2014

Multicolored Tulip

Tulip History and Planting

The tulip originated in Persia and Turkey over ten decades ago. They were named turban from the headdress that the Persians wore. When the flower became fully opened it was thought to resemble a turban. Europeans brought back these flowers to the Netherlands in the 16th century. They mistakenly gave their name as tulips. Tulips are the foremost national symbol of Holland and are now widespread throughout the world.

It is estimated that 150 varieties of tulips grow in the wild. Tulips and are among the most popular of all garden flowers. This may be in part because of the wide range of colors available, with the exception of true blue. Almost 4,000 horticultural varieties have been developed.

Bouquet of Tulips on a Mug

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How to Choose the Right Tulip Plant

Tulips do their best in climates with long cool springs and early summers. These flowers are often seen as one of the first to blossom, during the first part of spring. The bulbs are typically planted in late summer and fall, normally from 4 to 8 inches deep, depending of the type planted, in well draining soils. In areas where they have long cool springs and early summers, the bulbs are often planted up to 12 inches deep. Bulbs should be planted around 3 inches apart.

When planting, choose bulbs that are firm and free of defects. Consider the climate which you live in. If the winters are generally mild, it is good to chill tulips for six to eight weeks before planting. Plant in September or early October in USDA Zones 4 and 5; October to early November in zones 6 and 7; November to early December in zones 8 and 9; and late December to early January in zone 10. USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map will show which zone you live in.

Thinking of the perfect flower to give for your 11th wedding anniversary?

That would be the tulip. After all it is the 11th anniversary flower. It is said that the tulip's velvety black center represents a lover's heart, darkened by the heat of passion.

Festivals and the Meaning of Tulips

Photo of a tulip farm in Oregon during the Tulip Festival of Woodburn, Oregon in 2007.

Tulip Festivals are held in several North American cities, most often ones with Dutch heritage, including Albany, New York; Ottawa, Ontario; Holland, Michigan; Orange City, Iowa; Pella, Iowa; Mount Vernon, Washington; and Woodburn, Oregon. These festivals are popular tourist attractions and are being held in honor of the Dutch-American immigrants who brought the tulips to the Americas.

The world's largest tulip festival (so the claim goes) is a major event held annually each May in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

An annual Tulip Parade that takes place on the first Saturday in May in Spalding, England.

Read more about these festivals on Tulip Festival

The name tulip means perfect love and fame. The different colors have their own significant definition.

Red tulips: true love

Purple tulips: royalty

Yellow tulips: cheerful thoughts and sunshine

White tulips: worthiness or forgiveness

Multi-colored tulips: beautiful eyes

Cream colored tulips: love forever

Orange tulips: warmth and happiness

Tulips Hardcover Photographs

Bulbs, Bouquets, Books, Prints and Everything Tulips

How To Plant 100 Tulips in 30 minutes

Purple Tulips in Keukenhof, Holland


Second Largest Flower Garden

Keukenhof, Holland is the site for the world's second largest flower garden. KeukenhofPark, in Holland has about 7 million flower bulbs. These are planted annually in this 70 acre flower park.

Tulips on cards, stamps and gifts

Tulips on Zazzle

Sandyspider: Tulips Gifts - View Here on Zazzle

The gift shown above are some of the many tulip gifts on shirts, neckties, keychains, iPhone cases, canvas prints, cards and more to mentioned here.

Some of these photos are from my trip to the Green Bay Botanical Garden, around my home, tulip bouquet that my daughter had and public domain.

© 2009 Sandy Mertens

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    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      It could be rabbits. We never had problems with the animals and out tulips. But the rabbits love our roses.

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      4 years ago

      Lovely flowers. I do have to hide them from the animals though. I think the rabbits eat them but I have never actually seen it so it could be the squirrels or something entirely different.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      ecogranny I am sure that I will be mentioning lens and Squidoo in comments. Haven't yet, but I could. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh my goodness, yes I meant hub. So sorry! Still using the old terms.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Tulips are pretty and come in many colors. Too bad that you can not plant them.

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      Ardhendu Dey 

      4 years ago from Jamshedpur

      I love Tulip very much. But, lack of place I could not plant tulip in my place. Also the weather is not suitable here for tulip plantation. And the images are really superb. Nice post.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      ecogranny you mean hub. Or is this a squb? Too bad that you no longer have an outdoor garden. I do love seeing when the tulips start to come up.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Sandy, I have no outdoor garden, but I just had to read this lens anyway. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. When we lived in a colder clime and had a home with a yard, planting tulips and other spring bulbs in the fall was always a fun activity with the children.

      Then, when the first spring-teaser thaw came, in late January or early February, we would pick up the blowsy debris carefully to see the green shoots peeking through the soil.

      Thank you for this colorful respite this morning.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      esmonaco Our tulips come back every year. The first flower we see of spring.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Outstanding photos, and oh so colorful. I just may have to try planting some. Thanks :)

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      7 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. I so rarely see tulips where I live but wish I did.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      8 years ago

      I love tulips. Unfortunately they don't do well here on the coast. The winters are not cold enough.

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      David Stone 

      8 years ago from New York City

      I love all flowers, wild and domestic. I enjoyed this especially on a cold winter morning. Sights of spring!

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      8 years ago

      Very beautiful tulips lense! Thanks for sharing. Love to be here. Happy Holidays :)

    • ZenandChic profile image


      8 years ago

      I love tulips! Merry Christmas!

    • Bellezza-Decor profile image


      9 years ago from Canada

      I love tulips too. I just wish I had more sunlight then I'd have more!

    • eclecticeducati1 profile image


      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Blessed by an Angel.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Well done, great lens on tulips. I think I will pick some yellow tulips, to bring some sunshine (its raining again). Your lens is concise and to the point :)

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      9 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Beautiful and very succinctly done, if you know what I mean. :D

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      9 years ago

      I like tulips very much - especially the ones that come in red and yellow. Very nice lens!

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      9 years ago

      I love tulips I think I have been here before like it again

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love the colors in the lens - bright and cheery just like tulips! Great job!

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting. I didn't know where tulips originated.

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      Adrienne Jenkins 

      9 years ago

      I did not know that trivia about how tulipes were named. Nice.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting information and I love the big photo from Oregon. 5*

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

    • hlkljgk profile image


      9 years ago from Western Mass

      i love tulips; they remind me of my grandmother.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I love tulips but they don't do so well here on the coast. I doesn't get cold enough for the dormant phase.

      Thanks for sharing


    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      This lens is absolutely wonderful. Best 5 modules ever. Great Job!

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful pictures and Zazzle designs.

    • grassosalvato86 profile image


      9 years ago

      Hi Sandy,

      wow! What a lovely and colourful lens! It has been very nice to drop by here!

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      capriliz lm 

      9 years ago

      Tulips are one of my favorite flowers

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      9 years ago

      Great lens... I will lensroll this to my tulip lens... they are such a beautiful flower, love it!

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      9 years ago

      that was a nice lens..i love tulip too

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      9 years ago

      that was a nice lens..i love tulip too

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      9 years ago

      Once again a big thumbs up for making such a beauiful lens.

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      10 years ago

      [in reply to JaguarJulie] Hi, Julie! Fancy meeting you here! --- I beautiful lens on tulips Sandy, I love flowers and tulips are very nice and colorful. Just stopping by to say hi!!!


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      10 years ago

      Wow -- very colorful -- tulips take me back to those remarkable days that I spend with my grandparents -- they had such beautiful tulips.

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      10 years ago

      Very nice.

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      I love tulips! Beautiful page!

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      Sandy, you're just a genius at putting together a Squidoo page. This is one of the best. My sister lives in Mt. Vernon, Washington and their Tulip Festival is terrific. I'd love to visit the other festivals, too. Hmmmm, maybe I will just do that! Thanks for the nudge.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      10 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I love the pictures!

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      10 years ago

      Beautiful lens, Sandy! Blessed by a joyful angel! A pleasure to read this lens and enjoy all your beautiful pictures!

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      [in reply to OhMe] The tulips were my daughter's bouquet that she had in her apartment.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love your tulip design on your Zazzle products. The tulip is my daughter's favorite flower. I will have to remember about your shop come birthday time. Great work.

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      Heather Burns 

      10 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Beautiful and informative lens, especially in only 5 modules! Great job!5*

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      10 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      That field of tulips is amazing!

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      10 years ago

      I had never heard of chilling the bulbs...that makes so much sense. I love this lens!

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      10 years ago

      Love the photos on the lens. Tulips are my favorite flowers. I had no idea where the name came from. That was very interesting.

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      Holley Web 

      10 years ago

      Ms Spider, oh how I love the passion of tulips! The photos are just amazing looking! I never knew a lot of that info either, which was very interesting. Thank you for another fine piece of lensmastership!


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