Surprise Collection Tulip Box (XL)
Let nature surprise you. We’ve selected the most marvelous varieties of this season for you. With this season mix you can enjoy the spring feeling in your garden or balcony at the most. The mix contains early, mid and late bloomers, different colors and different varieties. Fringed, parrot, triumph and double tulips, you will find them all in our Surprise Collection Tulip Box. Size XL contains 80 beautiful Tulips.
The tulip is one of the most famous flower bulbs in the world, the Netherlands exports a lot of tulip bulbs to other countries every year. The Dutch climate is extremely suitable for tulip cultivation because the sandy soil behind the dunes ensures that the crop can develop optimally. Almost half of the Dutch flower fields are full of tulips. In the largest flower park in Europe, the Keukenhof near Amsterdam, you can see more than 800 different tulips. The spring park will open its doors at the end of March. Each year, the flower park has a special theme that inspired the designs of the gardens and flower shows in the pavilions. Flowers have been part of our lives for centuries. Flowers are used as classic symbols in art, architecture and design.
The origin of the tulip:
The origin of tulips can be found in Asia, in countries such as Iran, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan. Tulips also occur naturally in North Africa and Southern Europe. Tulips need cold nights and cold winters to grow. Eventually, the flower reaches Turkey. This is the country where the tulip gets the name we know: tulipa (in Latin). The name is derived from the local name for a turban, tulipan.
But how did the tulip end up in The Netherlands?
The Turkish sultan Süleyman, who lives in 1550, is a very rich man. He fills his gardens full of flowers, especially tulips. When the Sultan is in a very good mood he gives, by exception, some tulip bulbs as a gift. For instance to the Flemish envoy in Turkey, Ogier Gisleen van Busbeke. Ogier gives a few tulip bulbs to the Fleming Carolus Clusius (Charles de l’Écluse) who manages the herb garden of the Austrian emperor. The tulips occupy a prominent place in the emperor’s garden. Clusius becomes professor at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Of course he takes a number of tulip bulbs with him. Clusius is very careful with his bulbs and refuses to sell them. One night, thieves steal some bulbs from his garden. This is the beginning of the tulip and bulb trade in the Netherlands.
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How to plant?
Ready to enjoy the beauty of Tulips? There’s no end to the number of ways you can make your garden special. Make sure the soil you want to plant the bulbs is well drained.
Planting Tulips is simple:
Step 1: When you want to make small clusters, dig one hole. When you want to plant individual bulbs, make several small holes.
Step 2: Remove weeds and small stones from the vicinity of the hole. Put the bulbs gently into the hole with their ‘noses’ pointed upwards.
Step 3: Cover the bulbs with soil and, if the soil is dry provide some water.
Check photo’s of how to plant here.