Floral Gossip

Mr Tulip -the perfect lover

In the language of flowers Mr Tulip in any colour means ‘perfect lover’.

In the 1600s tulips were the most expensive flower in the world, in fact so expensive some were even valued higher than most homes. This trading far above their value is believed to be the culprit behind the first economic crash. 

Mr Tulip can be found in every colour except blue or black, although some of the dark purple cultivars like ‘Queen of Night’ or ‘Negrita’ can look very close to black.

There are 150 species of tulips on record and over 3,000 varieties. 

As the Netherlands does not have an official national flower, Mr Tulip is widely accepted to be their national flower.

Mr Tulip’s velvety black center represents a lover’s heart, darkened by the heat of passion. 

Mr Tulip made its way to Holland, through trade routes, where it became the national flower, and then labelled as good luck and fortune, as well as love.

Cutflower Care – He is a Waterholic and he is Bisexual

  1. Keep cool at all times.
  2. Split bunches and strip leaves from the lower half of each stem.
  3. Wash away soil from each stem end.
  4. Recut at least 3 cm off each stem flush and place in cold water.
  5. No flower food – add one teaspoon of bleach per half-filled bucket.
  6. Replace burped water every day.

How to arrange a vase of tulips

To arrange tulips to the best effect, first straighten curved stems by rolling the entire bunch of flowers inside newspaper or brown paper and plunging it into cool water. Because cut tulips will droop, either pack them tightly in an arrangement or give them room to move gracefully in a bigger vase.

Remove any leaves under the water line to prevent rotting.

Recondition your tulips daily and keep in a cool area as heat reduces bloom time.

And, if you want more tips about tulips and flower arranging head to www.gloralgossip.com.au/video to learn more.