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Gracefully Vibrant Tulips

"I want to preserve your love in a field of Tulips safely living in it." - Fathima Shamla.

Projects with Altenew Products in our Tulips Collection

“Tulips – a reminder that spring has arrived!”

Everything You Need to Know About Tulips

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  • Tulip Projects
  • Altenew Products Featuring Tulips
  • The Innumerable Variety of Tulips
  • Symbolism of Tulips
  • Fun Facts About Tulips

Here, at Altenew, we are in love with this rich flora that can be found in the world around us. 

Let’s take a look at the amazing product line up we have with our Gracefully Vibrant Tulips:

Spring begins with the showcasing of the spectacular beauty of tulips. With perfectly symmetrical bulbs, and a paint-box of colors, tulips, hands down, rank among the world’s top five best selling flowers in a year. The love of these brilliant colorful blossoms has survived throughout the ages and that zeal continues today. Tulips, known for their beautiful, bold, bright colors, are perennials that bloom in spring, sleep in summer and grow in winter, needing periods of summer warmth and winter chill to develop optimally. Tulips originated in Central Asia, where they made their way to Holland through Turkey around 1560. The name "tulipa" is thought to originate from the Persian word for "turban" as they resemble a turban when in full bloom.

The Innumerable Variety of Tulips

 "A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different from a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower." - Marianne Williamson

The Tulipa genus includes about 150 species of perennial bulbs with more than 3,000 cultivars, organized into 15 groups mostly based on their flower type, size, and blooming period. The top twelve types in the spotlight are:

1. Single Tulips - short tulips with large, round flowers

2. Double Tulips - double-flowered and larger than the single early group

3. Triumph Tulips - sturdy, mid-season tulips of varying shapes

4. Darwin Hybrid Tulips - large-flowered tulips on tall stems

5. Lily-flowered Tulips - mid-season, tall-stemmed, graceful flowers that flare outward

6. Fringed Tulips - petals with fringed edges that are mid- to late-flowering

7. Viridiflora Tulips - late-blooming, green flowers

8. Rembrandt Tulips - “broken” tulips that are striped due to the tulips break virus

9. Parrot Tulips - late-flowering tulips with interesting, distorted petals

10. Kaufmanniana Tulips - early flowering tulips that open flat

11. Fosteriana Tulips - early flowering tulips with large flowers

12. Greigii Tulips - early flowering tulips with large striped flowers on short stems

Symbolism of Tulips

"Flowers heal me. Tulips make me happy. I keep myself surrounded by them as soon as they start coming to the island from Canada, and after that when they come from the fields in La Conner, not far from where I live." - Rebecca Wells.

Tulips are loved for their colorful personalities both literally and figuratively. They add color to our lives with literally every color of the rainbow (Near-black to burgundy, red, pink, orange, peach, yellow, green, purple and white; also available in solids, speckles, ombre and bi-color patterns). They have captivated us for generations, and their symbolism allows us to say a lot without speaking a word. Furthermore, since tulips are one of the first flowers to bloom in the springtime, they are taken as a meaning of rebirth and starting afresh.

Let's take a look at how each color of a tulip differs in meaning.

1. The most common meaning for red tulips is perfect or deep love.

2. Purple tulips, like many purple gems, are seen as a symbol of royalty.

3. Pink tulips symbolize a feeling of happiness, self-confidence and positivity.

4. White tulips are symbolic of a peace offering or a sense of forgiveness.

5. Budding, beautiful yellow tulips represent happiness, cheerful thoughts and a sense of achievement.

6. Orange tulips signify joy, enthusiasm, and the longing rays of sunshine.

Fun Facts About Tulips

“Tulips were a tray of jewels.” – E.M. Forster

  • Tulips once caused an actual stock market crash! Don't believe it? Look up “tulipomania.”
  • Tulips have been cultivated in every color except for classic blue (blue tulips exist, but they have a tint of purple).
  • Tulips inspired many forms of art.
  • Tulips belong to the same family as lilies and onions.
  • The tulip is the national flower of Holland, Hungary, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan.
  • The tulip is the 11th wedding anniversary flower.