Article Highlight: Meaning and Symbolism of Different Color Tulip Flowers
Tulips are one of the most popular spring-blooming flowers. And with good reason! They're beautiful, easy to grow, and available in an almost dizzying selection of colors, sizes, and varieties.
How to Grow Tulips
Tulips are spring-blooming bulbs that you plant in fall (though, with a bit of preparation, you can plant tulips in spring as well). They require an extended cold period in order to bloom. Learning how to grow tulips will also help you understand the needs of these flowers, as well as gain a general understanding of the needs of other spring-blooming bulbs.
While people generally think of tulips as being grown in garden beds, you can also grow tulips in pots, which comes in handy both for those gardeners who don't have a lot of garden space or for those in southern, warmer climates where a few extra steps are required to get tulips to bloom.
Like most flowering plants, the blooms of tulips don't last very long, but there are a few tips for making them last as long as possible. Some tulips are perennial, while others are best treated as annuals. For perennial types, there are a few important steps to take after they bloom to encourage gorgeous blooms the following spring.
Tulip Varieties and Types
The Tulipa family is truly enormous, with over 3,000 registered varieties and breeders developing more every year. Within the family, there are several different types of tulips. The Parrot tulip, for example, is one of the showiest types, and definitely worth growing in your garden. You can find tulips in nearly every color of the rainbow as well as bicolored and even tricolored varieties. They grow anywhere from four inches tall up to over two feet tall, depending on the type. This is wonderful, since no matter what size or style your garden is, there's very likely a type of tulip that will work perfectly for you.
While not technically members of the same family, certain trees, such as the tulip tree and the tulip magnolia, are also spring bloomers, and it's easy to see where these gorgeous trees got their names.
Flower Arranging With Tulips
Tulips also make a wonderful cut flowers, though some find them tricky to work with. A few helpful tips for arranging tulips in a vase and helping them last as long as possible will ensure that your tulip bouquets look their best. The best thing you can do for keeping cut tulips looking fresh is to change the water regularly, providing fresh, cold water every day or two.
A little-known fact about tulips is that they actually keep growing, even after they've been cut, and that often results in the common complaint of "droopy tulips." Your best bet is to either work with that graceful arching habit, or trim the stems every day or two to keep them more upright.
Tulips, Indoors or Out
Whether you're growing tulips as part of your flower garden or growing pots of them to add a touch of spring to your interior, tulips are a bright, cheery way to greet spring.