Tulipa

Tulipa is in the Liliaceae family and is native to Turkey.

Tulips were introduced to the West by the Austrian ambassador to Turkey, Augier Ghislain de Busbecq, who wrote about the flowers he had seen in the Turkish city of Edirne in 1551. The arrival of a freight of tulip bulbs in Antwerp in 1562 marked the beginning of tulip cultivation in Europe.

We sell a number of varieties in pots. The varieties listed here are only some of those we have available. Tulipa 'Brilliant Star' is an early-flowering, red tulip. This tulip is available in December and is perfect for Christmas flowering. It grows to 15-20 cm high.

Tulipa 'Flair' is a yellow-orange tulip with large blossoms. It is available in December and early January and grows to about 25 cm high.

Tulipa 'Rococo' is a red parrot tulip. It is available in February and March and grows to about 30 cm high.

Tulips last longest when you put them in a light, cool spot, and they do best outdoors. They can survive a light frost without any problems. If tulips are kept indoors in a dark spot the stems will grow very long. Because they can grow so long, it's a good idea to remove them from the pot and place them, soil and all, in a long glass vase, perhaps with some moss covering the soil. Give them plenty of water and you will be able to enjoy them for a long time.

You can keep tulips in their pots or you can plant several of them together in a large pot or in the garden. They can be beautifully combined with other bulbous plants, such as Ornithogalum, narcissus, or Muscari.