Dutch tulips

The beauty of the tulip

The beauty of the tulip is well known all over the world. In spring, in fact, their flowering is nothing short of enchanting and provides for the embellishment of many gardens. Originally from Turkey, tulips are distinguished by their characteristic shape which has always made them very recognizable among all other flowers. They can have various colors, but mainly they can be white, red, pink, yellow and orange but also very dark brown and for this reason they are more known with the name of black tulips. Still others, truly wonderful, feature artistic blue shades. The tulip is a flower about whose varieties there would be a novel to be written,

Dutch tulip bulbsthey are in great demand worldwide, especially from the moment in which this flower has become a national symbol in Holland and from the moment in which the creation of new hybrids is undertaken with ever greater dedication. The bulbs of this beautiful flower are medium to large in size, with a diameter of about 5 centimeters. Differently from what can happen for other types of bulbs, for the tulip each bulb originates only one flower. Originally the bulb is white and appears to be enclosed and protected by a sort of brown skin. The perfect soil to accommodate this type of bulb must be clayey and slightly lightened with peat. Planting takes place in autumn and sprouting is typical of the spring season, continuing throughout the summer.

Dutch tulips

The tulips landed in Holland in 1500 directly from Turkey, their native country. In a very short time they became very popular, there were several publications on them and the bulbs were literally snapped up. During the 1600s they were so famous that the so-called “tulip bubble” originated: the bulbs were thus used as a bargaining chip even if it is obvious that in the end this sent the entire Dutch market into a tailspin. To date, about ten Dutch tulips are cataloged with the qualification of botanical species. However, the best known and most used are certainly those of the hybrid type, and in this case there is an embarrassment of choice, as there are more than a thousand varieties available. In Holland, annually, between April and May there is a festival dedicated to tulips, or the ”

Dutch tulips cultivation

The cultivation of tulips dates back to the end of the sixteenth century in Europe. For many and many centuries before, however, it was practiced in Turkey. As for Dutch tulips, cultivation begins in autumn. In this way, in spring, you can have a perfect flowering. The works should preferably be started between October and November, when, with the help of a hoe, the soil will have to be slightly moved. We then bury the bulbs, with the tip strictly upwards, approximately at a depth double compared to their length and at an average distance from each other of about 15 centimeters. Once in bloom, tulips do not need special care, if not sporadic watering. Be careful that the soil does not retain moisture, because the bulbs rot easily.

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