Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever

By Daily Blooms Australia Admin

Tulip Fever

It's probably not hard to tell we're a little bit in love with tulips at Daily Blooms. Everyone has their favourite flowers but, in our opinion, tulips never go out of style and there's a lot more to these beauties than meets the eye.

We've detailed a brief (but seriously interesting) history of the tulip and rounded up a list of the most interesting facts so you can get to know these marvellous blooms a little bit better.
The tulip originated centuries ago (around the 10th century) in Persia and Turkey, where it played a significant role in the art and culture of that period. As a Turkish tradition of wearing tulips in one’s turban, it's likely Europeans mistakenly gave tulips their name, which comes from the Persian word meaning turban.

As the Europeans began taking to tulips, the flower’s popularity rose, spread quickly and became extremely valuable particularly in the Netherlands in the 17th Century where they caused what is now known as "Tulip Mania."

People in the Netherlands traded tulips for their value, and the flowers actually ended up causing what some say is the first economic crash in 1637, likely due to the bubonic plague. Tulips are now grown throughout the world, but people still identify cultivated varieties as “Dutch tulips.”
1. Tulips can be divided into about 150 various species, but there are more than 3,000 naturally occurring and genetically cultivated varieties of the flower worldwide. New varieties of tulips are regularly created, but it takes each one at least 20 years to go from the beginning stages of cultivation to your local florist's shop.

2. The tulip is a member of the Liliaceae (lily) family and contains bulbs that live underground which act as storage organs.

3. Tulips were once the most expensive flower... and in the 1600s, they were even said to cost 10 times more than a working man's average salary in the Netherlands, making them more valuable than some homes.

4. Tulips are known for their bold colours and beautiful shape, and most varieties are indeed almost perfectly symmetrical. The blooms have three petals and three sepals, but since the sepals are almost the same size and shape as the petals, tulips appear to have six petals to a bulb.

5. The Netherlands are the largest producer and exporter of tulips worldwide, growing and exporting nearly three billion bulbs each year. At one point in Holland's history, tulips were its fourth biggest export, behind cheese, gin and herring.

6. If you cut tulips, they'll continue to grow in your vase for at least another inch (if you haven't noticed before, you certainly will now). Tulips will bend and twist to grow towards light (even in a vase!).
If you're tulip obsessed just like us, you'll love the upcoming Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

Running from September 14 - October 13 2019, each week is dedicated to a theme or event involving these gorgeous tulips. Personally we are loving the sound of the Food, Wine and Jazz Festival!

For further information click the link here.