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Species Tulip Information – How To Grow Varieties Of Species Tulips

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Most gardeners are familiar with the typical hybrid tulips. However, you may be unfamiliar with species tulips. These unique flowers are smaller, grow in rocky soils, and can actually naturalize in your garden under the right conditions. Click here to learn more.

Triumph Tulip Care Guide: Tips For Planting Triumph Tulips

By Mary Ellen Ellis

One of the largest groups of tulip varieties, the Triumph tulip, is a classic. It is sturdy and great for cutting but also creates beautiful borders and clumps in spring flower beds and comes in a wide range of colors. Learn more about them in this article.

Woodland Tulip Plants – How To Grow Woodland Tulips In The Garden

By Teo Spengler

What are woodland tulips? These are 16th century heirloom plants with bright yellow flowers perfect for wildflower meadows as well as garden beds. For information about growing woodland tulips, including tips on woodland tulip care, click this article.

What Are Darwin Tulips – Learn About Darwin Hybrid Tulip Care

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Big squarish, cup-shaped blooms are what first attracts the eye when viewing hybrid Darwin tulips. Or maybe it's their incredibly vibrant colors. Either way, these tulips are outstanding performers with incredible heat and cold tolerance. Learn more here.

Greigii Tulip Flowers – Growing Greigii Tulips In The Garden

By Teo Spengler

Greigii tulips bulbs come from a species native to Turkestan. Greigii tulip varieties offer blooms in vivid shades, like bright reds and yellows. If you are interested in growing Greigii tulips, click on the following article for additional information.

Viridiflora Tulip Info: How To Plant Viridiflora Tulips

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Watching spring tulips bloom is the ultimate reward for planting bulbs in the fall. If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, try viridiflora tulip. By growing viridiflora tulips, you’ll have a unique spring flower no one else may have. Click here for more info.

Kaufmanniana Plant Info: Tips For Growing Water Lily Tulips

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Kaufman tulips flowers return every year and look stunning in naturalized settings with crocus and daffodils. The following article provides more Kaufmanniana plant info, including tips on growing Kaufmanniana tulip plants in the garden.

Growing Fringed Tulips: Fringed Tulip Information And Care

By Teo Spengler

Fringed tulip flowers have a distinct fringed area on the tips of their petals. This makes the plants very ornamental. If you think fringed tulip varieties would be nice in your garden, then this article should provide enough fringed tulip information to get you on your way.

Lily Flowered Tulip Info: Growing Tulips With Lily-Like Blooms

By Amy Grant

Tulips can vary greatly in not only color, but also size, form and bloom time. For instance, if you want a later blooming tulip, try growing some lily flowered tulip varieties. As the name suggests, they are tulips with lily-like blooms. Learn more about them here.

Fosteriana Tulip Plants: Varieties Of Emperor Fosteriana Tulips

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Fosteriana tulip plants are one of the biggest of the bulbs, probably the best known are the Emperor Fosteriana tulips. With massive blooms and elegant elongated form, these bulbs pack a punch in the garden. Learn how to grow Fosteriana tulips in this article.

Cottage Tulip Flowers – Learn About Single Late Tulip Varieties

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

What are single late tulips? These late spring flowers are also known as Darwin or cottage tulips and come in a range of colors from white to black and the rainbow in between. Click this article for tips on growing and cottage tulip care.

Rembrandt Tulip Plant Info – Tips For Growing Rembrandt Tulips

By Teo Spengler

When ‘Tulip Mania’ hit Holland, tulip prices spiked crazily, bulbs flew out of markets and gorgeous bi-colored tulips appeared in every garden. They also appeared in paintings, like Rembrandt tulips. For the entire Rembrandt tulip history, click this article.

What Are Peony Tulips – How To Grow Peony Tulip Flowers

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

With a vast array of colors, sizes, and shapes, tulips offer their show-stopping blooms. While many are most familiar with the single form, types such as peony tulips are another welcome addition to spring flower beds. Learn more about them in this article.

Multi-Headed Tulips Varieties – Learn About Multi-Headed Tulip Flowers

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

What are multi-headed tulips? These flowers give you more value for your dollar and produce a bouquet from just a single bulb. Choose from dozens of multi-headed tulip varieties and spice up your spring color display. This article will help.

When To Dig Up Tulips: How To Cure Tulip Bulbs For Planting

By Teo Spengler

Digging up tulip bulbs means storing tulip bulbs until you replant them. If you want to learn about storing tulip bulbs and how to cure tulip bulbs, the information found in this article can help get you started. Click here to learn more.

Watering Tulip Bulbs: How Much Water Do Tulip Bulbs Need

By Liz Baessler

Tulips are one of the easiest flowers you can choose to grow. Plant your bulbs in autumn and forget about them. One easy mistake that can jeopardize your bulbs, however, is improper watering. So how much water do tulips need? Learn more here.

Parrot Tulip Bulbs – Growing Tips And Parrot Tulip Information

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Growing parrot tulips isn't difficult, and care of parrot tulips is nearly as easy, although the tulips need a bit more attention than standard tulips. Click this article for more information and learn how to grow these interesting plants.

Yellow Tulip Leaves: What To Do For Yellowing Leaves On Tulips

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Don't panic if you notice that your tulip leaves are going yellow. Yellowing leaves on tulips are a perfectly healthy part of the tulip's natural lifecycle. Learn more about yellowing leaves on tulips in this article.

Warm Weather And Tulips: How To Grow Tulips In Warm Climates

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

It's possible to grow tulip bulbs in warm climates, but you have to implement a little strategy to "trick" the bulbs. But it is a one-shot deal. The bulbs won't generally rebloom the following year. Click here to learn about growing tulips in warm weather.

Types Of Tulip Flowers: Learn About Different Varieties Of Tulip

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

If you're new to the world of tulips, you'll be amazed at the diversity and the sheer number of tulip varieties available to gardeners. Read this article to learn about just a few of the many different kinds of tulips you can grow.

Growing Tulips In Water – How To Grow Tulips In Water

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Can tulips grow in water? There is one basic chilling trick you need to be aware of when growing tulips without soil. Read this article to learn how to grow tulips in water for early enjoyment of these beautiful blooms.

Do Deer Eat Tulips: Tips On Protecting Tulips From Deer

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

One of the plants that deer seem to think is candy is the lovely spring tulip. Protecting tulips from deer can be hard, so let's traverse some myths and facts together to keep deer from eating our tulips. Click this article to learn more.

Tips For Getting Tulips To Rebloom

By Heather Rhoades

Tulips are a finicky flower. While they are graceful and beautiful when they bloom, in many parts of the country, tulips may only last a year or two before they stop blooming. This article will help with reblooming.

Growing Tulips Indoors: How To Force Tulip Bulbs

By Heather Rhoades

Forcing tulip bulbs is on the minds of many gardeners when the weather outside is cold and fierce. Growing tulips in pots is easy, with a little planning. Learn how to force tulip bulbs in this article.

Fertilizing Tulips: Learn More About Tulip Bulb Fertilizer

By Heather Rhoades

Tulips are a beautiful but fickle flower bulb that is grown in a large number of gardens. Properly fertilizing tulips can help with making sure that your tulips come back year after year. This article has more info.

Growing Tulips – Care And Tulip Planting Tips

By Heather Rhoades

Learning how to take care of tulips will make adding these flowers to your garden easy. This article will provide tips for growing tulip bulbs. So keep reading to learn how to plant and care for tulips.

Care Of Tulip Bulbs In Containers In The Winter

By Heather Rhoades

Eventually the weather will get cold and you will need to decide what to do with the tulip bulbs in containers that you have. Overwintering your tulip bulbs in containers is one option, and this article will help.

Dividing Tulip Bulbs

By Heather Rhoades

A great many people love to grow tulips in their garden and for good reason. Occasionally, however, these bulbs require division to keep them looking their best. Learn more about dividing tulips here.

Tulip groups are sorted by their bloom time. Early to mid spring blooming tulip groups are: Single Early Group, Double Early Group, the Kaufmanniana Group and the Greigii Group. Mid to late spring blooming tulip groups are: Triumph Group, Darwin Hybrid Group, Lily-Flowered Group, Fringed Group and the Fosteriana Group. Late spring blooming tulip groups include Single Late Group, Viridiflora Group, Parrot Group and the Double Late Group. There is also a division listed as Miscellaneous Group, containing a variety of tulips and hybrid varieties, and the no longer available Rembrandt Group.

Tulips bloom in spring, but preparation begins in early to late winter. Tulip bulbs need a minimum of four weeks of chilling before they will bloom. Nurseries often sell pre-chilled bulbs but if not, the process is simple. Start the chilling process in late fall, around late October or early November, in USDA zones 9 and warmer. To chill tulip bulbs, the Marin Master Gardeners recommends that you pack them in a box or bucket and keep them between 32 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit for four to six weeks.


Tulips are some of the most popular spring flowers of all time, and the third most popular flowers world-wide next only to the Rose and Chrysanthemum. Tulips come in an incredible variety of colors, height, and flower shapes. Some Tulips are even fragrant.

Kingdom Plantae Division Magnoliophyta Class Lilliopsida Order Liliales Family Liliaceae Genus Tulipa

The word Tulip is thought to be a corruption of the Turkish word 'tulbend' for turban. The Tulip was introduced by a famous Austrian biologist Carolus Clusius. Tulip plants belong to the genus Tulipa, in the lily family, Liliaceae. Tulips bloom on bulbous plants, with large, showy flowers with six petals. There are around 100 species of Tulips, which actually came from the Central Asia where they grew wild. Turkish growers first cultivated tulips as early as 1,000 AD.

Facts about Tulips

  • There are now over 3,000 different registered varieties of cultivated Tulips.
  • Every year billions of Tulips are cultivated, a majority of which are grown and exported from Holland.
  • Historically, Europe considered Tulips as the symbol of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Tulips grow wild over a great territory in Asia Minor through Siberia to China.
  • Tulips were first cultivated and hybridized by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Tulips symbolize imagination, dreaminess, perfect lover and a declaration of love.
  • Fresh out of onions? Use your Tulip bulbs instead! Tulip bulbs are a good replacement for onions in cooking.

Classification of Tulips

The following classification of Tulips is based on the time of bloom. Tulips can be divided into early, mid, and late season flowering Tulips.

  • Early Flowering Tulips: These Tulips bloom in March and early April. Early Flowering Tulips are Species Tulips, Kaufmanniana (e.g. Waterlily), Fosteriana (e.g. Red Emperor), Single Early(e.g. Apricot Beauty), Double Early, Greigii Tulips etc.
  • Midseason Flowering Tulips: These bloom in April and early May. e.g. Triumph, Swan Wings Tulip, Darwin Hybrids, Parrot Tulips
  • Late Flowering Tulips: These Tulips bloom in May. e.g. Single Late, Double Late, Viridiflora Tulips, Lily-Flowered, Fringed Tulips, Rembrandt Tulips, Multi-Flowering Tulips.

How to grow Tulips

Tulips are very easy to grow. Many people design an artistic, colorful layout for the Tulip blooms.

  • Select the location for planting.
  • Prepare the soil by working it well, removing rocks and weeds.
  • Mix in plenty of organic material and fertilizer.
  • Special bulb formulas and bone meal work best.
  • The Tulips will bloom in almost any soil with a good drainage.
  • When buying Tulip bulbs, select only the finest quality bulbs. In general the bigger the bulb, the bigger the bloom.
  • Follow the directions from the supplier for spacing and depth. If no directions are included, plant the bulbs 6-8" apart and at a depth twice the diameter of the bulb.
  • After the Tulips bloom, let the plant continue to grow until it dies off. During the post bloom period, the plant sends energy to the bulb to store for use next spring.
  • Tulips require a period of cold while they are dormant and resting between shows.

Care For Tulip Bulbs

Tulips are vivacious perennial plants, i.e. they lose their outer parts but conserve the underground stems called bulbs.

  • For the propagation of new Tulip bulbs one should cut them and leave the stem and the leaves to dry off.
  • Usually this should be done before the Tulips dry off, approximately some three weeks after blooming.
  • After a month and a half of having cut the Tulip flowers, extract the bulbs and conserve in a cold, dry place.
  • A high temperature can ruin the Tulip bulb or result in a poor quality in new plants. (These conditions are applicable to both types of cultivations, either in soil or in hydroponics).

The Tulip Today

23. Growing 4.2 million bulbs a year, the Netherlands is the world’s largest producer of tulip bulbs. Half of which are exported.

Dutch bulb growers near Keukenhof

24. There are almost 2000 varieties (or cultivars) sold commercially and about 100 new cultivars are added each year.

25. The main bulb-growing region of Holland stretches from Leiden to Haarlem. The number of hectares for bulb production has increased from 10,000 hectares in 1960 to more than 23,500 hectares in 2007. However, the number of growers is decreasing, from 13,000 in 1960 to only 2000, in 2007.

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