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The Strong Gold tulip is a golden yellow tulip that is oval in shape. This tulip is very special: so special that it has even won awards. This tulip does its name justice.

About the tulip
The Strong Gold is one of the strongest tulips in existence. It is a robust tulip and does not break easily as a result. This tulip also flowers for longer than other tulips. Its bright yellow colour makes it an eye-catching tulip.

Winner
The tulip won the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. That’s a bit of a mouthful when you read it! But what is this award? And why did the Strong Gold win this title?

Gardening in Great Britain
This award is presented annually by the British Royal Horticultural Society. The aim of presenting this award is to help gardeners to make the right choice for their own gardens. In fact, you can see it as a sort of quality mark.

It is no mean feat for a plant to win the award. It must be proved to be ‘garden-worthy’. This means it must flower well, be strong and not have any diseases.

 

Tulip fields are synonymous with the Netherlands! Every year, thousands of people come to the Netherlands to behold these colourful fields. Our Tulip Tours show Dutch tulip fields at their best and introduce you to places you have never seen before!

Visiting the tulip fields

The tulips bloom between April and mid-May. Although all tulips start growing at different times, their growth is greatly determined by the weather. For instance, tulips are slower to bloom in colder periods.

Ideal time of year to visit tulip fields

It is difficult to identify an ideal period to visit tulip fields. Because most tulips start blooming from mid-April, this is often the best period to go on a Tulip Tour!

The differences between tulips

As already stated, not all tulips bloom at the same time. However, tulips are more likely to bloom once temperatures rise above 15 degrees. This offers you a rough idea about the best time to visit our tulips fields!

As sweet as a milkshake! Perhaps you have already seen the Milkshake tulip. It is another special name for a special tulip; characterised by its pink colour and white edge.

Striking appearance
The stunning Milkshake tulip is long, but has a full body. The tulip catches the eye because of its egg-shaped flower, which sets it apart from most other tulips. Its size makes it less vulnerable than other types of tulips.

Award-winning
We are not alone in our appreciation for the Milkshake tulip: the tulip has even won awards over the past two years! In 2016, the Milkshake tulip received the ‘Interpolis Tulip Award’ for the most promising tulip. Why? Because it grows quickly in greenhouses and has a large flower that remains firmly closed.

Polder talent
A year later in 2017, the Milkshake tulip excelled again when it received the Poldertalent award! Exporters expect the Milkshake tulip to be very popular.

In short: The Milkshake tulip is unique and will appeal to more and more people!

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.

Tips

  • 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.

Tulip mix
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.

Unique appearance
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’.

Lilly family
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!

Turkish origin
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.

tulpen koppen

Tulips only bloom for a short period of time. In the spring, growers remove the top of the flower: this is referred to as tulip topping. But how is this done?

Why are tulips topped?
The flowers are not actually important to growers. All they are interested in are the bulbs. The thicker the tulip bulb, the more money it raises. That is why blooming tulips are topped.

The process
Growers plant bulbs in October and allow them to bloom in spring. They then pass through each row to inspect the tulips. This involves checking them all and removing incorrect tulip species and tulips suffering from diseases.

The eventual sale
Once they have been approved, the tulips are topped; this means cutting the flower from the stem. This is done because flowers actually consume a lot of food, and this food is needed to grow the bulb.

The more food a bulb receives, the bigger it gets. The larger bulbs are sold to garden centres and other growers. They then use them to cultivate tulips, which are sold as cut flowers; exactly like the ones in your home!

Dow Jones Tulpe

The Dow Jones tulip is red with a yellow edge, and grows in April and May. The tulip is popular in the Netherlands, so you will probably see it quite often. You can easily maintain it yourself and it grows very quickly. The Dow Jones varies in height between 40 and 50 centimetres.

Striking name
As you may know, many tulips have striking names; and the Dow Jones is one of them. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is the oldest stock exchange in the United States.  But why has this tulip been named after a stock exchange? No one knows for sure.

A real tulip crisis
The name has probably got something to do with the tulip mania encountered between 1634 and 1937. In 1637, the tulip market collapsed and a real tulip crisis was encountered. There was great demand for tulips, but supply was hard to come by. Tulip bulbs were thus being sold for a lot of money; sometimes a small fortune.

Even though this tulip may be linked to a crisis hundreds of years ago, it is now in ample supply. So be sure to enjoy it in the spring!

 


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