Tulip - Care Tips

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The tulip, you wouldn't think much more Dutch. However, the tulip really does not come from the Netherlands

When it's spring again i'll bring again tulips 🌷from Amsterdam.

That one of the most popular songs ever written about this real dutch pride.

The tulip is a unique and versatile flower with a rich history and meaning. Originally from the Ottoman Empire, the tulip has grown over the years to become one of the most popular and appreciated flowers in the world. With a range of colors and variations, from bright white to deep red, there is a suitable tulip for every occasion. These flowers are not only known for their beauty, but also for the deep meaning they carry

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This flower is available in almost all colors of the rainbow: red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, green, but also in white. It gets even more fun! There are even varieties that are multicolored. They are also available with single, double or serrated petals and there are even lily tulips. And from January to April you will find tulip bouquets on Fleurop.nl and at the local Fleurop florist.


It couldn't be more Dutch, the tulip. This is what everyone thinks, but unfortunately this is not true. This oh so “Dutch” pride originates from Turkey. Sultans there wore a tulip on their turban. Can you feel it coming? This is how the flower got the name tulipan.


The tulip is available in many colors. Each color has its own meaning.

  • Naming of the tulip

  • There are many different types of tulips, each of which has its own name. There are many celebrities who have a tulip that bears their name. The flower gets this name after 'baptizing'. Before a tulip is ready for baptism, a period of more than 10 to 15 years has passed for the development of the species.

    Taking care of tulips in a vase

    What you may already know about the tulip is that this flower is a fast grower. Keep the choice of the vase in mind. You have brought home a beautiful bouquet. Now the enjoyment can begin, but how do you take care of a tulip bouquet? And how do you arrange tulips in a vase? Read on quick!

    Types of tulips

    There are many different types of tulips. There are single and double species, as is also the case with the daisy. In addition, there are varieties that bloom early in the season or late in the season. This has the advantage that you can enjoy this beautiful flower from March to May.

    Single tulip

    This is the most well-known variety that is often used in tulip bouquets. This tulip is available in many different colours.

    double tulip

    Compared to the single tulip, the flower has many more leaves and the inflorescence of this species reminds you of the peony. The flowers can reach a diameter of 10 cm. For this reason, this tulip is also called the peony flower. This variety is an early-flowering and late-flowering variety and are available from April.

    • Wild or botanical tulip

    These tulips bloom early in the season and can withstand many weather conditions. The flowers are small compared to the other varieties and bloom low to the ground. The advantage of this variety is that this tulip becomes wild. This means that you do not have to take the bulbs out of the ground and you can enjoy this flower for years.

    • Parrot or parakeet tulip

    This tulip is a striking appearance because of the special flower. The flowers are large and the leaves have a serrated edge. This flower is available in many different colors. The most famous is the dark purple, almost black 'black parrot'.

    • Lily-flowered tulips

    When you see this tulip, you immediately understand where the name comes from. The pointed leaves and inflorescence of the flower are very similar to those of the lily. This strain is available in many different bright colors.

    Bulb plant in the fall

    The best time to plant tulip bulbs is when the leaves are falling from the trees. This is when the soil starts to get colder and the best time to plant the bulbs.

    How deep you should plant the bulbs depends on the size of the bulb. You can plant large tulip bulbs at a depth of about 10 cm. The small drinks can be planted at a depth of 5 cm. When planting, also ensure sufficient distance, so that the flowers have room to bloom in the spring.

    Bulb plant in a flower pot

    To enjoy this cheerful bloomer on the terrace, you can plant the bulbs in a cheerful flower pot.

    • Step 1: Fill the flower box to about 10 cm below the rim with potting soil.
    • Step 2: The bulbs can be planted. If you want to enjoy a full pot or tub plant, plant the bulbs about a bulb length apart. Tip: plant the bulb with the flat side to the edge. The largest leaf will be on this side of the bulb. When you plant the clump in this way, all the leaves will come out nicely.
    • Step 3: Fill the pot with potting soil, but not all the way to the edge. Leave a few centimeters above the edge. This completes it!
    • Step 4: Water the bulbs after planting.

    Pruning tulips

    When the tulips have finished flowering, we recommend cutting or cutting the flower. The bulb still extracts energy/nutrition from the leaf. If you want to be able to enjoy the tulip again next year, leave the foliage until it has turned yellow. Now is the time to remove the leaves and stem as well. You will be able to enjoy this cheerful bloomer again next year!

    Enjoying Tulips in the Netherlands

    In the Netherlands you can enjoy the tulip in many places. The Noodoostpolder is an absolute attraction when it comes to the bulb fields. In the spring, for example, the tulip route runs through the Netherlands and there are several picking gardens. You can also enjoy beautiful and special tulips in the Keukenhof in spring.


    • Choose a clean vase that is high enough: tulips will continue to grow for a few centimeters.
    • Add cut flower food to the water for a longer shelf life.
    • First place the tulips in paper or foil in the vase for an hour. The tulips then suck themselves full of water and straighten as it were.
    • Use tap water at room temperature.
    • Cut the stems diagonally with a clean, sharp knife or pruning shears.
    • Place the vase in a cool, out-of-sun spot away from the fruit bowl.
    • Tulips drink a lot, so regularly top up the vase with tap water.