Meaning of Tulips

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“FTD design” – Facts of Tulips

Tulip Meanings
The most common meaning for tulips is perfect or deep love. Because tulips are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, they can mean rebirth. Victorians often associated tulips with charity.

Tulip Cultural Significance
Turkey isn’t the only place where tulips have historic significance. In the late 16th century, tulips were introduced to the Netherlands from Turkey. Tulips were a novelty, and fairly expensive. Eventually they contracted the non-fatal mosaic virus, which made their petals more bright and interesting, so the price of tulips began to rise even more.

As the value of tulips increased, people began trading their land and savings to acquire more bulbs. However, eventually many people were trying to sell the bulbs and not many were buying, causing prices to drop and the tulip market to crash during the 17th century. This crash left the Dutch very hesitant about investing for a long period of time.

Despite this, tulips have remained extremely popular in the Netherlands. Every year Amsterdam celebrates National Tulip Day in January. On this day Dutch tulip growers build a gigantic tulip garden on Dam Square, and people come and pick a free bouquet of flowers. This marks the beginning of tulip season.

Tulip Facts

Tulips originated in Central Asia, and became very popular in Turkey. The tulip’s name comes from the Persian word for turban, because in full bloom tulips have a turban-like shape. Tulips are also the flower for eleven-year wedding anniversaries, as symbols of devotion and love. There are over 3000 different varieties of tulips. Tulips are in the same family as lilies and onions. Tulip bulbs should be planted in the fall and bloom in early spring into summer.

Tulip Uses
During World War II there are stories of people eating tulip bulbs, especially during the Dutch famine. According to J.H. Warmerdam, a man who grew up in Holland during WWII, the bulbs gave people skin rashes and were not agreeable. However, since not many tulips had been planted that year, there was a large stock around the country. Though it isn’t common to eat tulip bulbs anymore, and many believe they shouldn’t be ingested, tulip petals can be eaten and are often used to garnish salads and other dishes. Whether you want to express your deep love, or just want to brighten someone’s day with these vibrant flowers, tulips are a great way to both show how you feel and add a pop of color to a room!

The 11th wedding anniversary flower, it’s said that the tulip’s velvety black center represents a lover’s heart, darkened by the heat of passion. With the power to rival roses in their red variety and the sweet charm to express simple joy when yellow, it’s no wonder that in addition to all its other symbolism, in the language of flowers, a tulip bouquet represents elegance and grace.

“Teleflora” – History of Tulips

Originally from Persia and Turkey, tulips were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where they got their common name from the Turkish word for gauze (with which turbans were wrapped) – reflecting the turban-like appearance of a tulip in full bloom. By the 17th century, the popularity of tulips, particularly in the Netherlands, became so great that the price of a single bulb soared to new heights, causing markets to crash and putting into motion “tulip mania.”

Although different tulip colors carry distinct meanings – yellow tulips symbolizing cheerful thoughts, white conveying forgiveness and purple representing royalty – a Turkish legend may be responsible for the red tulip’s symbolism.

While FTD Design suggested a story of this version:

Tulips commonly mean perfect love. The meaning of perfect love is tied to a Turkish and Persian legends about the love between Farhad and Shirin. There are a few variations of this tale. According to one story, Farhad was a prince. He was in love with a beautiful girl named Shirin. Unfortunately, Shirin is murdered, and this tears Farhad apart. In desperation, Farhad rides his horse of a cliff, and a red tulip grows where his blood touches the ground — the symbol for perfect love.

In another version, Farhad is a stone cutter and Shirin is a princess. He tries to win her over and she rejects him, so he goes to the hills to play music to honor her. When she learns this, she falls in love with him. However, her father isn’t pleased that she’s fallen in love with a commoner, and tasks him with digging a giant canal to prove his love. After years, Farhad nearly finishes the canal, so Shirin’s father sends a courtesan to convince Farhad that Shirin is dead. He is so distraught that he takes his life. When Shinrin learns of this, she goes to find him and takes her own life to be with him. Red tulips grow where their blood hits the ground as symbols that their love will last forever.

Another version of the story can be told as this: The story goes that a prince named Farhad was love struck by a maiden named Shirin. When Farhad learned that Shirin had been killed, he was so overcome with grief that he killed himself – riding his horse over the edge of a cliff. It’s said that a scarlet tulip sprang up from each droplet of his blood, giving the red tulip the meaning “perfect love.”

“Eastern Floral” – Colours and Meanings

Red tulips are the hue of choice to express that you are deeply in love. The color red evokes passion and romance. Tulips are the flower associated with the 11th wedding anniversary, as well. If you have a decade plus one year together, or if you just want to let her know you want to be with her that long and more, red tulips are a great choice.

Yellow flowers were once associated with jealousy and hopeless love. But, modern interpretations have gotten a lot sunnier. Yellow tulips now stand for hope and cheerful thoughts. Give a yellow tulip bouquet to a good friend as a caring get-well gift. Yellow is also the color of friendship, which makes it great for a just-because floral gift.

White tulips are the flowers to pick for an apology bouquet. If you need to say you are sorry, white flowers and maybe a gift of chocolate are a worthwhile gesture.

Pink flowers express happiness and confidence. This makes them a very good choice when congratulating a friend on a new job or promotion. Have them sent to her office as a warm first-day-on-the-job surprise.

If you want to let her know that she is your queen, choose an arrangement of purple tulips. Purple has long been the color of royalty. Purple can also be used to express admiration for a loved one’s accomplishments.

Multi-hued tulips can also be used to express a message to someone special. Striped tulips are said to symbolize a lover’s beautiful eyes, as are tulips with blotched, multicolored petals. The dark base inside the flower is said to symbolize passion.

Proflowers – Primary Significance: perfect love.

The is one of the world’s most easily recognized and loved flowers. The meanings of tulips coupled with the immediately identifiable shape of their colorful blooms make them a comfortable flower choice. They are not too elegant, too romantic, too big, too small, or too bright; the tulip is always just right. They are like a favorite pair of jeans or your mom’s fresh-baked cookies in that the meanings of tulips express genuine coziness and comfort in all of the right ways.

With all of the sentiments and meanings of tulips, it’s not surprising that their popularity continues to endure. The wide range of colors and varieties available allows them to be used for many occasions. In addition to being a favorite for cut flower arrangements, tulips can also be given as a potted plant. The growing and caring for of tulip bulb gardens and plants is a rewarding pastime for many flower lovers. As one of the world’s most beloved flowers, a gift of tulips is a sure delight, enchanting in its beauty and simplicity.

Tulips are not as common as roses in the local floral market, so the availability of tulips are always subjected. Sometimes white tulips are harder to find, sometimes its the red tulips. In order for us to prepare a bouquet for you, an order must be placed at least two days prior the delivery date. Normally, our suppliers will help us to keep a batch of tulips for you but there are cases when the color of tulips may not be available. In that case, we will proceed with your second color option.

Tulip colors available are red, yellow, purple and white. The availability of special colors are quite hard to be sure of. Let us know if you’re interested in special colors and we’ll inquire both of our florists and suppliers about it. 🙂

As always, we highly advice customers to keep all the fresh cut bouquets under cooling environment. It is highly crucial to avoid hot temperature and sunlight in order to maintain the freshness of the bouquet. You may also spray some water to the bouquet to keep it hydrated. However, be careful when you spray in a wider range as you might accidentally spray too much onto the paper, causing it to be soft and limpy.