Tulip Tours Holland – the Noord-Holland-based company that organises inspirational tulip tours – now also offers private tours. These tours will specifically appeal to smaller (private or professional) groups that want a different kind of day out.
Tulip Tours Holland has hereby responded to a trend that has been visible in the tourism and travel sector since 2017: greater demand for luxury and personalised travel and excursions. A private tour offers groups their own mini-bus and personal guide. The tour itinerary can be customised, which means the specific preferences of the group will always be met.
Also for the professional market
This is a great opportunity for families and friends to experience a fun, enjoyable and educational day out. But it is also a fantastic opportunity for companies to arrange a different kind of excursion for their personnel. A private tulip tour is also a unique way of giving (foreign) clients an insight into the nature and culture of Noord-Holland.
Online booking possible
You can register for a private tulip tour via the website of Tulip Tours Holland: www.tuliptoursholland.com. ‘We really want to show that Noord-Holland is a stunning province, packed with colourful tulip fields as well as attractive and historic places, where culture lovers will feel at home’, says Mike Zwart, owner of Tulip Tours.
But there is more…
Tulip Tours Holland still has many other ideas for the future. What are they? Visit the Facebook page and check out the company’s stunning photos and inspirational tips.
Do you want a stunning garden with tulips when spring arrives? Then you have to plant them well in advance. But how and when should you plant tulip bulbs? It is actually very easy because all flower bulbs are planted in the same way.
Planting in practice
Firstly, it is important to know how the bulbs must be planted. Before planting the bulbs, you must first mix dense ground, like clay soil, with sand. You must then make the soil nice and loose, create a small hole and insert the tulip bulb with the tip facing upwards. The rule of thumb is that bulbs must be planted three times deeper than their height. Large bulbs should be planted approximately 20 cm deep and small bulb approximately 12.5 cm deep. Do you want to plant several bulbs? Make sure there is a distance of approximately 1 centimetre between the bulbs. The final step is to given them a little bit of water!
When should you plant tulip bulbs?
Now that you know how bulbs should be planted, it is also important to know when bulbs should be planted. In order to develop strong roots, tulip bulbs must be placed in the ground at least six weeks before it first freezes. So plant your bulbs in the autumn, somewhere between the end of September and the start of December.
Opt for a sunny location or somewhere without a lot of shadow. Exactly when the tulip blossoms will differ per species, but in general: the earlier you plant the bulbs, the sooner they start to blossom.
How do I care for my tulips?
It is useful to keep an eye out for dry periods, so you can give your tulips a bit of water from time to time. However, it is also important to take measures against severe freezing. In this case, you can, for example, cover the surface using leaves or straw. This will allow the tulips to continue growing without problems.
- Plant your bulbs in groups (± 1 cm apart) for a nice colourful effect;
- Keep a close eye on weather conditions and take appropriate measures;
- Make sure you plant your bulbs in an appropriate location: a sunny or semi-covered place is ideal.
Enjoy having your own tulips!
We would like to showcase a few special tulips to celebrate the opening of the tulip season. Today, it’s the turn of the Columbus Tulip.
This superb peony tulip is pink and has a decorative white edge. It is very well know and much loved in the Netherlands. The Columbus opens a little sooner than regular tulips, which means you can see it earlier in the year.
The Columbus Tulip is a cross between the Snow Prince Tulip and the Leen van de Mark Tulip. The Snow Prince is a tulip with various colours, which range between white and dark purple. The Leen van de Mark Tulip is reddish-orange in colour. And if you mix the two, you get a stunning pink tulip: the Columbus Tulip.
The origins behind the tulip’s name are unknown, but probably have something to do with the famous explorer.
The Columbus Tulip does not only look unique because of its pink colour, but it also has something special that sets it apart from other tulips. The Columbus Tulip actually has several buds in the flower, thus creating a larger tulip when it blooms.
Due to the various bulbs in the flower, this tulip becomes bigger than other tulips. So it’s a real eye-catcher!
What do you think of this tulip?
What is a tulip? The most famous flower in the Netherlands is the tulip. The word tulip derives from the Latin word ‘Tulipa’ and means: the flower that resembles a turban. Tulips were cultivated in the Middle Ages and traded in Turkey. Men wore turbans during the cultivation process, hence the name ‘Tulip’.
The tulip is a plant from the Lilly family and is a monocotyledon. This means the tulip only has one cotyledon (or embryonic leaf) per seed. Bulbs are planted in October and bloom between the end of March and the end of May. So it’s no surprise that tulips symbolise spring time!
So, contrary to what many people think, tulips do not originate from the Netherlands, but from Turkey. We’re talking about the year 1550, when Turkey was a powerful country. The garden of Turkish sultan Suleiman was actually full of tulips. At the time, they were flowers for society’s elite.
So how did the tulip end up in the Netherlands? This came about due to the Viennese ambassador to Turkey, who sent a few seeds to Austria. The first shipment of tulips arrived in Antwerp in 1562 and marked the start of tulip growing in Europe.