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Carolus Clusius is largely responsible for the spread of tulip bulbs in the final years of the sixteenth century. He planted tulips at the Vienna Imperial Botanical Gardens in He finished the first major work on tulips in and made note of the variations in colour. After he was appointed the director of the Leiden University 's newly established Hortus Botanicus , he planted both a teaching garden and his private garden with tulips in late Thus, is considered the date of the tulip's first flowering in the Netherlands , despite reports of the cultivation of tulips in private gardens in Antwerp and Amsterdam two or three decades earlier.

These tulips at Leiden would eventually lead to both the Tulip mania and the tulip industry in the Netherlands. Tulips spread rapidly across Europe and more opulent varieties such as double tulips were already known in Europe by the early 17th century. These curiosities fitted well in an age when natural oddities were cherished and especially in the Netherlands, France, Germany and England, where the spice trade with the East Indies had made many people wealthy. N ouveaux riches seeking wealthy displays embraced the exotic plant market, especially in the Low Countries where gardens had become fashionable.

A craze for bulbs soon grew in France, where in the early 17th century, entire properties were exchanged as payment for a single tulip bulb. The trade drifted slowly from the French to the Dutch and is thought to have sparked the infamous tulip mania in Holland.

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Between and , the enthusiasm for the new flowers in Holland triggered a speculative frenzy now known as the tulip mania that eventually led to the collapse of the market three years later. Tulip bulbs had become so expensive that they were treated as a form of currency, or rather, as futures, forcing the Dutch government to introduce trading restrictions on the bulbs.

Vases and bouquets, usually including tulips, often appeared in Dutch still-life painting. To this day, tulips are associated with the Netherlands, and the cultivated forms of the tulip are often called "Dutch tulips. They have usually several species in their direct background, but most have been derived from Tulipa suaveolens today often regarded as a synonym with Tulipa schrenkii.

From to , Richard Sullivan Fay, Esq. Fay imported many different trees and plants from all parts of the world and planted them among the meadows of the Fay Estate. The Netherlands are the world's main producer of commercial tulip plants, producing as many as 3 billion bulbs annually, the majority for export. Tulips can be propagated through bulb offsets , seeds or micropropagation.

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Seeds are most often used to propagate species and subspecies or to create new hybrids. Many tulip species can cross-pollinate with each other, and when wild tulip populations overlap geographically with other tulip species or subspecies, they often hybridise and create mixed populations. Most commercial tulip cultivars are complex hybrids, and often sterile. Offsets require a year or more of growth before plants are large enough to flower. Tulips grown from seeds often need five to eight years before plants are of flowering size.

To prevent cross-pollination, increase the growth rate of bulbs and increase the vigour and size of offsets, the flower and stems of a field of commercial tulips are usually topped using large tractor-mounted mowing heads. The same goals can be achieved by a private gardener by clipping the stem and flower of an individual specimen. Commercial growers usually harvest the tulip bulbs in late summer and grade them into sizes; bulbs large enough to flower are sorted and sold, while smaller bulbs are sorted into sizes and replanted for sale in the future. Because of the fact that tulip bulbs don't reliably come back every year, tulip varieties that fall out of favour with present aesthetic values have traditionally gone extinct.

Unlike other flowers that do not suffer this same limitation, the Tulip's historical forms do not survive alongside their modern incarnations. In horticulture, tulips are divided into fifteen groups Divisions mostly based on flower morphology and plant size. They may also be classified by their flowering season: [50]. A number of names are based on naturalised garden tulips and are usually referred to as neo-tulipae. These are often difficult to trace back to their original cultivar, and in some cases have been occurring in the wild for many centuries.

The history of naturalisation is unknown, but populations are usually associated with agricultural practices and are possibly linked to saffron cultivation [ clarification needed ]. Some neo-tulipae have been brought into cultivation, and are often offered as botanical tulips. These cultivated plants can be classified into two Cultivar Groups: 'Grengiolensis Group', with picotee tepals, and the 'Didieri Group' with unicolourous tepals.

Tulip bulbs are typically planted around late summer and fall, in well-drained soils.

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Therefore, larger tulip bulbs would require deeper holes. Species tulips are normally planted deeper. The tulip was a topic for Persian poets from the thirteenth century. When written in Arabic letters, "lale" has the same letters as Allah , which is why the flower became a holy symbol. It was also associated with the House of Osman , resulting in tulips being widely used in decorative motifs on tiles, mosques, fabrics, crockery, etc.

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The shape of emblem of Iran is chosen to resemble a tulip, in memory of the people who died for Iran. According to Iranian folklore, when a martyr dies, a red tulip grows from where he has fallen. Tulips became popular garden plants in east and west, but, whereas the tulip in Turkish culture was a symbol of paradise on earth and had almost a divine status, in the Netherlands it represented the briefness of life.

The story takes place in the Dutch city of Haarlem , where a reward is offered to the first grower who can produce a truly black tulip. While tulips can be bred to display a wide variety of colours, black tulips have historically been difficult to achieve. The Queen of the Night tulip is as close to black as a flower gets, though it is, in fact, a dark and glossy maroonish purple - nonetheless, an effect prized by the Dutch. The first truly black tulip was bred in by a Dutch flower grower in Bovenkarspel, Netherlands.

The specimen was created by cross-breeding two deep purple tulips, the Queen of the Night and Wienerwald tulips. The Semper Augustus was the most expensive tulip during tulip mania. With limited specimens in existence at the time and most owned by Pauw, his refusal to sell any flowers, despite wildly escalating offers, is believed by some to have sparked the mania. By contrast to other flowers such as the coneflower or lotus, tulips have historically been capable of genetically reinventing themselves to suit changes in aesthetic values.

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Today, Tulip festivals are held around the world, for example in the Netherlands [53] and Spalding , England. There is also a popular festival in Morges , Switzerland.


Tulips are also popular in Australia and several festivals are held in September and October, during the Southern Hemisphere 's spring. In Christianity, symbolize passion, belief and love. White tulips represent forgiveness while purple tulips represent royalty, both important aspects of Easter.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Tulip disambiguation. Tulip morphology. Bulbs , showing tunic and scales. Cup-shaped flower of Tulipa orphanidea. Star-shaped flower of Tulipa clusiana with three sepals and three petals , forming six identical tepals. Main article: Taxonomy of Tulipa. The reproductive organs of a tulip. Iranian 20 Rials coin.

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    Drawn by Sydenham Edwards ; Engraved by F. The Bulbous Plants of Turkey. Frome: Batsford. Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. LVI 1 : ff. Species and hybrids for the gardener. Portland: Timber Press. Economic Botany. Illustrated by Alexander Marshal. In Mark Noyce published his first book, a collection of short stories, known as Tulips and Other Stories.

    During his spare time Mark enjoys a mixture of music and video games, as well as reading. It is his firm hope that his stories are as enjoyable to read, as they were to write. He also hopes to reach out to others with his writing. A few days ago I had the pleasure of having a little chat with Mark and I found out how much an interesting person he is. Here is what we talked about…. Almost the exact centre actually.