Friday, March 4, 2011

Tulips: Spring Flowers

Tulip BudsTulips are among the most popularspring flowers ever, and the third most popular flowers globaly following only to the Rose and Chrysanthemum. Tulips go into an unbelievable diversity of colors, heights, and flower shapes. A few Tulips are even fragrant.

Tulips are really popular to an extent that during the 17th century, most of European country, particularly Holland, was fascinated in a frenzy for Tulips as a result of which a lot of had to even sell off their fates. It was popularly called Tulipomania.


Some facts about Tulips

* There are at present over 3,000 different recorded varieties of cultivated Tulips.
* Each year billions of Tulips are cultivated, an absolute majority of which are farmed and exported from Holland.
* Historically, Europe regarded Tulips as the symbolization of the Ottoman Empire.
* Tulips grow wild over a great territory from Asia Minor through Siberia to China.
* Tulips were first cultivated and hybridized by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire.
* Tulips symbolise imagination, dreaminess, perfect lover, and a declaration of love.
* Fresh out of onions? Use your Tulip bulbs instead! Tulip bulbs are a beneficial replacement for onions in cooking.

Tulips Classification

Tulips can be dissevered into early, mid, and late season flowering Tulips.

* Early Flowering Tulips:-These Tulips bloom in March and early April. Early Flowering Tulips are Species Tulips, Kaufmanniana (eg., Waterlily), Fosteriana (eg.,Red Emperor), Single Early(eg., Apricot Beauty ), Double Early, Greigii Tulips etc.
* Midseason Flowering Tulips:- These bloom in April and early may. Eg., Triumph, Swan Wings Tulip, Darwin Hybrids, Parrot Tulips.
* Late Flowering Tulips:- These Tulips bloom in May. Eg., Single Late, Double Late, Viridiflora Tulips, Lily-Flowered, Fringed Tulips, Rembrandt Tulips, Multi Flowering Tulips.

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