THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FAMOUS TULIP!
As always, January is the month of this typical Dutch Flower, but is the Tulip a true Dutchie? Or does she have a more international past? You’ll find out in this blog. Besides, we will give you tips and tricks to be an even better ‘Floral Professional’!
ARE TULIPS FROM HOLLAND OR TURKEY? OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
The Tulip is native to Iran, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. Nomads took the bulbs to Turkey where they became immensely popular. Ottoman sultans wore a Tulip as a symbol on their turban: ‘Tulip’ comes from the Persian ‘Tulipan’ which means turban. Nowadays Tulips are mainly associated with the Netherlands, the largest supplier of Tulip as a bulb and cut flower.
PICK YOUR FAVOURITE TULIP
With over 600 cultivars, the choice in Tulips is rich. The flowers often have a solid colour, but they are also available with flames, coloured stripes and borders.
The layout of Tulip is based on flower shape:
- single and double flowered Tulips
- Parrot Tulip
- Lily-flowered Tulips
- Fringed or crisp Tulips
- Special are the double Tulips that almost look like Peonies
As you can see on the pictures the Tulip has a broad colour palette and wide range of varieties. Photo credit: Flower Council Holland.
PAY ATTENTION TO THESE 4 TIPS WHEN YOU BUY TULIPS
- The weight is decisive for the appearance of the Tulip. The heaviest Tulips have the largest flowers and have generally a better quality.
- Length and maturity stage must be in balance. The maturity stage is expressed in figures from 1 (immature) to 5 (ripe).
- When buying Tulips, the flowers must be free of pests and diseases. Tulips can sometimes show Botrytis (smallpox) or yellow leaf tips. When they are weak and have glassy spots in the stem, we call this ‘kiepers’ or water stalks. These stems will not stand firmly in the vase.
- Some growers give their Tulips a special pre-treatment to reduce the growth of the stems and prevent the leaf from turning yellow.
TULIP CARE TIPS FOR THE FLORAL PROFESSIONAL
- Keep Tulips as short as possible.
- Cool storage prevents the Tulips from ripening. A storage temperature of 2 — 5 ° C is best.
- When you arrive at the store, turn the Tulips tightly in the paper and allow them to rise upright in a small layer of water. This prevents crooked growth. Cut off the white part at the bottom of the stems to facilitate water absorption.
- Work clean and dry, avoid condensation or wetting of flowers and leaves because of the risk of Botrytis. This disease greatly reduces the ornamental value.
- Cut Tulips can grow 5 to 15 cm in the vase, something to take into account when processing this beauty in bouquets and arrangements.
- Tulips in combination with Daffodils (Narcissus) is only possible with the use of special flower food by Chrysal.
On the left you can see an inspirational purple Tulip bouquet and on the right you can see Tulips in softer shades. Photo credit: Flower Council Holland.
CARE TIPS FROM YOU TO YOUR CUSTOMERS
Be a true floral consultant for your customers. With this service, you give added value and a great reason why your customer should buy flowers from you instead of your competitor.
- Consider a few centimetres of growth when selecting a vase.
- Make sure that the vase is clean inside and fill it with cold tap water. Put the supplied cut flower food into the water.
- Make sure there is no leaf in the water, remove the lower leaves if necessary. Cut off 2 to 3 cm from the stem ends.
- Place the vase in a draft-free place, not in the sun or near a heat source, but as cool as possible. Do not place the vase next to fruit, this will speed up the flowering of the flowers.
- Tulips consume a lot of water. Regularly check the water level in the vase and top up with cold tap water if necessary.
- Cut back floppy hanging Tulips, turn them into sturdy paper and let them stand in the water for an hour. Then, they will stay standing up nicely.
TULIP, FLOWER OF THE MONTH
The upcoming weeks the Tulip is in the spotlight of the Flower Agenda. Inspirational images have been produced for all the flowers in the Flower Agenda by keeping in mind the Horticulture Sector Trends 2019. These trends are a translation of the latest consumer trends focused specifically on the horticultural sector both indoors and outdoors.
If you would like to find out more about the Flower Agenda click here.
SHOP YOUR TULIP ASSORTMENT
What kind of Tulip bouquet would you create? Smaller yet elegant bouquets or do you prefer to have one big colour explosion? Anything is possible. Photo credit: Flower Council Holland.Back to overview