Tulips are one of our favourite blooms, even when we don’t celebrate the Spring time here in Malaysia – we’re pretty sure its well recognised one of the most significant signs of Spring! Over the years we’ve found some really fun facts about Tulips that we just had to share…
- 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! PS. Did you know each manmade Tulips need at least 20 years to create? It’s a no wonder that they used to be one of the most expensive flowers, at one point in the early 1600s, they even cost more than homes!
- Like many other flowers, tulips are edible! In fact, during World War II, tulips and tulip breads were often eaten by those who couldn’t afford other foods. The flowers can be used to replace onions in many recipes and are even used to make wine. ⚠️ NOTE: For culinary dare-devils out there, do not eat the ones in your Happy Bunch, okay? Those are cultivated for admiring – strictly not for eating.
- Tulips come in almost every color of the rainbow: yellow, green, red, orange, purple, pink and even varieties with more than one color. The only colors missing are blue and true black! With that, every color too carries their own significance and meaning. The wide range of colors and varieties available allows them to be used for many occasions!
- Tulips still grow after they are cut and they continue to bloom 3-7 days in a vase, which is probably what makes it such a high-demand blooms to keep in your home! Currently, Tulips are the third most popular flower in the world, with Roses coming in first and Chrysanthemums coming in second. On Valentine’s Day, Tulips are actually the second most gifted flowers (first comes Roses, of course).
- The Netherlands produces 3 billion bulbs every year, more than any other country, and is the main exporter of commercial Tulips. The flower industry in the country also makes up over 5% of the Netherlands’ GDP, and known as ‘the flower shop of the world’. If you have the chance, you could visit Keukenhof Park, which is the largest flower garden in the world with around 800 varieties of Tulips!
Did you know any of these fun facts prior? Definitely not need-to-know information but it’s always fun to learn more about these gorgeous blooms!