Over the years, the tulip has become a symbol of the Netherlands. Originally, however, tulips did not come from the Netherlands but from Turkey. Tulipa is the Latin name of the tulip. This is derived from the word tulipan, which means turban. The shape of the tulips was compared to that of a turban. Today there are many different varieties of tulips. You might not know all of the many of the varieties. Get to know the tulip even better.
Tulips are spring-flowering flower bulbs. Plant them in autumn and enjoy their colours in spring. The bulb of the tulip has an onion-like shape. The tulip stores the food it needs to grow in the bulb. In contrast, tubers such as Dahlias, store food in their roots. Because the tulip stores its own food, it does not need extra food in the form of fertiliser after planting or during flowering. The bulb contains enough food for 1 flowering period. That is why tulip bulbs are categorised as annual flower bulbs. Every autumn new tulip bulbs are planted for the next spring. Take the old bulb out of the ground after spring. You might see a new bulb growing with the parent bulb. Only the big baby bulbs have a slight chance of blooming. Combine these with newly purchased bulbs for guaranteed success.
Many tulip lovers only know about the single tulip, common in bouquets. True plant aficionados know that there are many more beautiful tulip varieties. Of course, most of them can be found in Bakker's extensive range. The following varieties really brighten up a spring garden: