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Parrot TulipAvailability: Seasonal/Year Round
Best Availability: Dec-MayColors: White, Cream, Pink, Purple, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green (partial)
Stem Length: 6-24 inches
Arrangements, Bouquets(with caution)
Dont’s: Boutonniere, Corsage
Relative Value(1-10):  4

Tulips are one of the most beloved of all flowers. Their popularity caused the Dutch tulip craze in 1637 where certain tulip bulbs commanded totally exorbitant prices. It was later learned that the cherished color and pattern in the flowers was caused by a disease in the bulbs!

Tulips are generally considered to be a seasonal flower and are most plentifully available from December through May. Though advanc

Parrot Tulip

Parrot Tulip

es in flower production makes them available almost all year round, their quality and color selection is best in cooler weather. As with most bulb flowers, tulips produced in warmer weather are not as strong and therefore do not last as long as those grown in cooler weather.

Tulips work very well in centerpieces and other arrangements where they can be provided with a constant source of water. They are prone to wilting when used in situations where a constant water supply is not possible, especially in hot weather or direct sunshine. Tulips can be used in bridal bouquets in cooler weather or when placed toward the center of the bouquet, allowing other flowers to support them.

The number of varieties of tulips in production today is truly amazing. They are available in many colors such as white, cream, pink, yellow, orange, red, and purple.  In addition to the broad color spectrum, they are also available in different varieties such as parrot, emperor, double. coupe and many others.

Most tulips are greenhouse grown. The largest producer by far is the Netherlands. Virtually all of the tulips in the New York market in the winter months are produced in Holland. In April, coupe tulips, which are grown outdoors in France are available. Their price is comparable to the Dutch tulips, but their heads are larger.

Another type of tulip available in the late winter to early spring is the French tulip. French tulips have much longer stems than traditional tulips. This is accomplished by depriving the tulips of light so that their stems grow longer. They tend to be 2-3 times more expensive than traditional tulips.

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