Flower Guide for Tulips

Tulips are sought after for their unique shape, feel good factor and association with Spring for everyday consumers and wedding floristry.

These colourful blooms are commonly displayed as a mono-botanical in a vase arrangement. They are frequently used in mixed spring arrangements, hand-tie bouquets, landscape, vegetative, and botanical design styles.

Common Name(s):Tulip, Tulipa

Botanical Name: Tulipa, (TEW-li-pa)

Form: Round

Botanical Facts: The name is from the Turkish word tulband, for turban.

Description: Deep cup shaped blossoms, 2 to 4 inches high born on solid stems. Tulip blossoms are grouped into four categories; single-rounded, double-rounded, parrot (fringed), and lily flowered (pointed petals).

Types of Tulips

There are different types of tulips available on the flower markets. Varieties can vary in shape, colour, type and head size. Here are three types that are commonly used in floristry & flower arranging.

Colours: White, Blush, Pink, Salmon, Yellow, Cerise, Red, bi-coloured and dyed varieties.

Flower Guide for Tulips: Standard
Flower Guide for Tulips: Fringed
Flower Guide for Tulips: Parrot

Caring for Tulips

For purchasing, select tight heads deep in turgid foliage and just showing colour. The stems should be straight and strong.

For conditioning, cut the stems with a sharp knife or scissors removing foliage below the waterline. Hydrate in water with flower food for a couple of hours or overnight before storage or usage. To keep stems straight, wrap a bundle of stems in paper while the flowers are conditioning.

Tulips are very sensitive to, and will be harmed by the sap from Narcissus, Daffodils.

Vase Life: 5 to 10 days

Stem Type: Soft


Seasonal Availability

Availability: November to May (limited year round)

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