Types of Tulips
Tulips come in many different colors and sizes, there are many different types of tulips that will look great in a tulip garden.
Single Early Tulip:
Are the ones you usually see in the beginning of spring. They come in all different colors and grow between 6 and 18 inches tall.
Double Early Tulip:
Have more petals then the single early version. They come in reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, and white. They usually grow around beginning to mid spring and grow up to 12 inches tall.
Grow in mid spring and have a pyramid shape to them. They come in many bright colors such as pink, yellow, orange, and red.
Also grow in mid spring. They are very large and grow to 14 to 24 inches. They come in a wide variety of colors.
Is another tall version of this flower. They can be anywhere from 24 to 30 inches tall. The flower itself has an oval shape to it. They also come in a wide variety of colors.
Named for the way they look. The edge of the petals are fringed. They come in purple, pink, red, white and yellow. They grow 14 to 26 inches tall.
A beautiful look to it. The petals are pointy shaped, and open up like a delicate looking flute. They come in all kinds of colors.
The Parrot Tulip has a different look. They have fringed petals that open wide. This type comes in bright colors and is very large.
Blooms in mid spring and the flower stand straight up at attention. The petals do not spread out far when opened.
Flowers are 16 to 21 inches tall. They are also called green tulip because of the green streak on their leaves.
Are full flowers with a large bloom. They bloom in late spring and are 14 to 24 inches high.
Have strange looking marks on them. They are from a virus that was spread onto the plants.
Blooms in mid spring and has large flowers. They look very tall and can grow to be 12 – 18 inches tall.
Have a very large blossom. They bloom in mid spring.
Now we can’t have a page about tulips without mentioning Tulip Mania. During the 1630s the people in the Netherlands began to really like tulips. Their beautiful vibrant colors attracted people and tulips became a must have luxury item.
At the start people bought and sold tulips normally giving money in exchange for the tulips. Eventually as demand increased for tulips the price skyrocketed. Tulips began to be traded the same way stocks are traded today.
With the rise in prices speculators began to buy tulips at the end of the season. They did not receive the tulips. They were buying on the premise that the price of tulips would continue to rise in the future and be worth more than what they originally bought them for. This was buying in a futures market.
It became a tulip mania where buyers and sellers were rapidly buying and selling pieces of paper without anyone actually receiving any tulips. In 1637 the demand for tulips suddenly stopped. The prices for tulips crashed into the ground and they became worthless. Anyone still holding a purchase contract for tulips lost a lot of money when the bubble suddenly burst.
Available in many gorgeous colors and shapes, tulips are a fantastic accent in many gardens. They grow as annuals in warmer climates and perennials in areas where winters get cold enough for vernalization. Needing very little water, and little fertilizer, they are an easy plant to put into a garden space for early to mid-spring blooms.