Hello! Welcome back to one of Minnesota’s favorite floral blogs–The Blog at Main Floral! It’s no secret if you’ve been in the shop, or on our website, lately, that we are very ready for Spring. We are having a wonderful time (even when it’s chilly outside), integrating Gladiolas, Tulips, Hyacinth, and Calla Lilies into our everyday arrangements. As a whole though, our designers, are absolutely diggin’ Tulips the most right now. They are such a hearty, easy-to-work-with, super-springy, bright flower that everyone just seems to like. They aren’t overly romantic–yet a vase of red and pink ones will do the job nearly as good as a vase of roses. You can, easily, send Tulips to a friend, to a co-worker, as a get well gift, in honor of a new baby, or to a new love interest. They invoke feelings of warmth, new growth, and, best of all–they won’t break the bank. Today, we thought we’d take a minute to share some our favorite facts about this spring staple…you know, because the more you know, the more you can impress those who don’t know. 🙂
First of all…did you know cut Tulips, in a vase, will continue to grow for up to another inch as they will continue to reach for the sun. (After a day, or two, of having tulips in an arrangement, you might notice they’re starting to look a little ‘wild’. You can always pull them out, and give them a quick trim, and put them back in–just to make them look a little ‘neater’.)
Sure, nowadays, Tulips are a pretty affordable flower. However, in the Netherlands, in the 1600’s, Tulip bulbs were SUPER expensive. They actually cost more than ten times the average salary of a working man. They were even worth more than a typical home, and even diamonds. (This didn’t last too long–their economy crashed shortly there after. Wonder why…?)
They only bloom for 3-7 days, in the spring, when in the wild.
Tulips are native to Central Asia–but, only became popular when they reached the Netherlands. To this day, the Netherlands are still the biggest producer of the flower with around three billion exported each year.
They’re edible! Yup. You can use Tulip petals in place of onions in most dishes. Plus, they’ve also been used to make wine. (However, don’t try any cooking, or fermenting, with Tulips that have been purchased from a store. We don’t know what, exactly, the growers use–chemical wise–so, we can’t promise they won’t give you some weird sort of cancer. If you’re interested in eating Tulips–grow your own, or grab a few from your neighbor.)
If you’re planning to grow your own, they need a cold dormancy period–known as vernalization. Basically–plant the bulbs in the Fall before the ground freezes, if you’d like them to come up in the Spring.
Tulips are the national flower of Turkey and Afghanistan.
Most Tulips are solid color–though, often, you find ones that are streaked. This happened, originally, because of a harmless virus–now, they’re modified to look like this on purpose.
Tulips are the third most popular flower in the world. (Only behind Roses and Mums.)
If you’re thinking to send Tulips this Spring–visit our website to find something beautiful; or, give us a call to see what we have in. We always love to work within a budget, and answer any questions you my have! http://www.mainfloral.net 763.421.7411