Finally, a tulip card from the Netherlands. :) Received in early July via Postcrossing official swap.
Time to learn more about tulips! :)
(Information found online xD Long live the Internet! :P)
1. The English word tulip is derived from a Persian word, delband, which means turban. The flower was seen as turban-shaped, hence the name.
2. Tulip is the third most popular flower in the world, next only to rose and chrysanthemum.
3. Tulips are native to Central Asia. Although they are the quintessential Dutch flower, they actually originated in Central Asia, including Turkey, where the tulip is the national flower.
4. Holland has dominated the tulip market of the world. The tulip was likely introduced to Europeans in 1554 via a gift from the Ottoman Empire. A European Ambassador was gifted seeds and bulbs, which he then passed to Roman Emperor Ferdinand I and his royal botanist, Carolus Clusius. The flower was introduced in the country by Carolus Clusius, when he was appointed as the professor of Botany, at Leiden University. By 1636, the tulip bulb was the fourth leading export for Holland — after gin, herring and cheese.
5. Tulips once crashed an economy. In the 1600s when tulips where introduced to Holland, the waxy flower became so wildly popular that an economy of trading known as tulipmania burgeoned nearly overnight. At the peak of tulip mania, some single bulbs sold for more than ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. Social status began to be measured by exotic tulips! Tulip mania was short-lived however, and when it crashed so did the fortunes of many Dutch. Many economists consider tulip mania to be the first speculative bubble.
6. The tulip was once the most expensive flower in the world. At one point during the height of Europe’s tulip mania, a single Viceroy tulip bulb was purchased for two lasts of wheat, four lasts of rye, four fat oxen, eight fat swine, 12 fat sheep, two hogsheads of wine, four casks of beer, two tons of butter, a complete bed, a suit of clothes and a silver drinking cup! In the winter of 1636-37, a valuable tulip bulb could change hands ten times in a day.
7. Tulips are edible — or, at least, parts of them are. The petals are said to range in taste from “a mild bean-like taste, to a lettuce-like taste, to no taste at all.” (You should never eat petals that have been treated with chemicals.)
8. During WWII, some people in the Netherlands were forced to eat tulips because there wasn’t any other food. “Bread made from tulips is not very good … like wet sawdust” according to a Dutch man who grew up on a tulip farm during the war. (Also, part of the bulb is poisonous, apparently.)
9. Tulip Festivals are held across the world every spring. In Utah, Thanksgiving Point hosts the only Intermountain West tulip festival with over 250,000 brightly-colored tulips on display over their 55-acre garden. The Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa claims to be the biggest tulip extravaganza in the world with over 300,000 tulips on display.
- Tulip is a flower in the genus Tulipa, which comprises of about 150 bulbous species.
- Tulips come in a wide array of vibrant colors, like red, yellow, orange, purple, pink and many more.
- Tulip flowers generally have 2-6 leaves; though some species have been have to have up to 12 leaves.
- There are nearly 3000 varieties of tulips, known by various names.
- The average height of a tulip plant ranges from 10-70 centimeters.
- Tulips are available in the months of November to May only and have a life span of only 3-7 days.
- Tulips originate from mountainous areas enjoying temperate climates. They are best grown in climates having a long, cool spring and early summers.
- A well-drained, airy and loamy soil is required for the cultivation of tulips.
- Tulip flowers are considered to be a symbol of perfect lovers, their passion, love, romanticism and dreaminess.