In The March Flower Agenda | The Tulip

We are celebrating the month in which spring begins with the tulip. The flower from the Tulipa genus exudes freshness, sturdiness and colour, and helps to bring spring a step closer.

Facts about the tulip

🌷 The tulip originates from Turkey.

🌷 The first shipment of tulip bulbs arrived in Antwerp in 1562, marking the start of Dutch bulb growing. New shapes and colours quickly developed and filled the fields of Holland.

🌷 Nowadays over 3000 cultivars of tulip bulbs are grown on 10,000 hectares in the Netherlands.

🌷 Tulips come in almost all the colours of the spectrum, including flowers edged with fringes, green splashes in the flower and double flowers that could almost pass for peonies.

Care tips for professionals

🌷 Tulips can easily grow another 5 to 15 cm in the bucket. You can prevent them from growing too much by keeping them for a short period and in cool conditions. Place them on a shallow layer of water.

🌷 Tightly wrap tulips in paper to make them nice and firm and prevent them from growing crooked.

🌷 Work in clean and dry conditions: botrytis can easily affect these fresh, leafy flowers.

🌷 If you are using tulips in a bouquet or arrangement, allow for the growth spurt.

🌷Add bulb flower food to a mixed bouquet of tulips and narcissi. Narcissi exude slime after being cut – the food prevents this from damaging the tulips.

Display tips for professionals

The peak tulip season runs from January to mid-April. You therefore have the pick of all the types and colours in March. A sizable bouquet with tulips in different colours is simple but irresistible. Fancy some thing more traditional? The elegant shape of parrot tulips fits perfectly in beautiful 17th century style still-lives, combined with ranunculus, carnations, hydrangea and eucalyptus, for example.

Wondering what you can do with tulips? Take a look at the inspirational images below and read Fleur Creatif for more tulip creations.

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