A vibrant bouquet of tulips showcases vivid red, yellow, purple, and orange blooms with green leaves, arranged closely together, highlighting their colorful petals in a natural, tightly-packed display.

All About Tulips

A tell-tale sign that spring has arrived is spotting the first tulip in your garden or neighbourhood. Their simplicity is enchanting and provides a refreshing comfort and familiarity that can only be experienced through popular springtime flowers. Tulips have a rich history full of cultural significance, symbolism, and pure beauty.

Colorful tulips closely packed together, including red, pink, yellow, and purple flowers, with green leaves interspersed, forming a dense, vibrant floral arrangement.

Characteristics of Tulips

As a member of the Tulipa genus and Liliaceae family, tulips are close relatives to lilies. Blooming in almost any hue except for true blue, tulips are quite colourful and easily recognizable thanks to their sophisticated, tight bell-shaped blooms. Tulips typically have three petals and three sepals, creating a nearly symmetrical flower.

Tulips blossom during spring, mainly in April and May, and will rebloom the following year. It is best to plant your tulip bulbs in the fall so they can establish strong roots before the frosty winter begins. While they can grow in any good, quality soil (compost soil is wonderful), tulips will flourish and thrive in well-drained soil that is four to eight inches deep. If tulip bulbs are subjected to moist or soggy soil for an extended period, there is a good possibility that they will rot.

Even when displayed in a vase, tulips will wind and twist their way toward the sunlight. To prevent dropping, displaying tulips in a tapered vase will better hold the stems in place. If your tulips begin to droop or lack pep, give the stems a fresh cut at an angle and place them in a fresh vase of cold water.

Tulip Symbolism


As a perennial springtime bloom, tulips represent rebirth and a fresh start.


Tulips have been a symbol of charity since the Victorian era, as the flower embodies a cheerful nature.

Perfect & Unconditional Love

With near-perfect symmetry and a rich history of beauty and appeal, tulips are always a great gift for loved ones.

White tulips clustered together, slightly open, exposing yellow centers; surrounded by green leaves in a garden setting.

White Tulips

I'm Sorry & Forgiveness

Yellow tulips bloom vibrantly in a dense garden, surrounded by lush green leaves, under soft, diffused sunlight.

Yellow Tulips

Hope & Sunshine

Vibrant red tulips bloom in a sunlit garden, surrounded by lush green foliage, creating a colorful and serene outdoor setting.

Red Tulips

Eternal Love

Pink and coral tulips bloom closely, petals open, in a lush, sunlit garden bed.

Pink Tulips

Good Wishes & Confidence

Purple tulips stand upright, blooming vibrantly amidst a field of similar flowers in a lush garden. The green stems and leaves contrast with the vivid purple petals, creating a picturesque scene.

Purple Tulips

Elegance & Royalty

A Brief History of Tulips

Tulips are native to Central Asia and were first cultivated in Turkey. They eventually made their way to The Netherlands, where "Tulip Mania" took place between 1633 and 1637. Also known as "Tulipomania" and "The Dutch Tulip Bulb Market Bubble," prices for tulips skyrocketed, equalling hundreds of dollars per tulip bulb. At the height of Tulip Mania, some speculated that one rare tulip would sell for the equivalent of a Dutch mansion. As the bubble burst and the tulip market crashed, The Netherlands was left in an economic crisis.

Tulip Name Meaning

The word "tulip" is derived from the Turkish word meaning "turban," which has been used to describe the tulip's appearance.

Fun Facts About Tulips

  • The Netherlands exports the most significant number of tulips worldwide, approximately three billion annually.
  • Tourists flock to Keukenhof in Holland to admire the famous Dutch tulip fields, known as "the most beautiful spring garden in the world."
  • In Amsterdam, the start of tulip season is marked by National Tulip Day in January, where celebration occurs, extensive tulip gardens bloom, and people pick tulip bouquets for free.
  • Tulip bulbs became a food source during the Dutch famine of the Second World War. However, eating the bulbs came with uncomfortable side effects such as skin irritation and indigestion.
  • Tulipiere vases were specifically created to nestle and nurture tulip bulbs during "Tulip Mania." The design includes several spouts which single tulip stems bloom from.
  • Tulips are the official flowers for the 11th wedding anniversary.
  • Striped tulips were originally the product of a virus spread by insects called aphids.

Popular Tulip Varieties

With over 3,000 tulip varieties and 150 tulip species, these are the most popular.

Yellow tulips bloom vibrantly, standing tall and closely packed in a sunlit garden, creating a bright, cheerful sea of flowers. Green stems and leaves provide contrasting accents amongst the blooms.

Darwin Hybrid Tulips (Dutch Tulips)

A vibrant pink flower with multiple petals is blooming in a garden with green leaves in the background, under bright sunlight.

Double Tulips (Peony Tulips)

Bright orange tulips stand tall, blooming vibrantly. They are clustered together in a garden bed during the daytime, with green stems and leaves supporting the flowers.

Fosteriana Tulips (Emperor Tulips)

A vibrant pink tulip with jagged, fringed petals blooms in a lush green garden.

Fringed Tulips (Crispa Tulips)

A vivid yellow and orange tulip blooms fully, its petals gracefully unfurling against a blurred background of dark hues and muted greens.

Greigii Tulips

Pink and white tulip flowers bloom amid green leaves, creating a vibrant, lush garden scene.

Ice Cream Tulip

A light pink flower with orange and yellow center blooms amidst vibrant green leaves on dark soil background.

Kaufmanniana Tulips (Waterlily Tulips)

Vibrant pink tulips bloom, reaching upward, amid a sunlit garden with a blurred background of greenery.

Lily-Flowered Tulips

A vibrant arrangement of multicolored tulips with ruffled petals, positioned in a vase, set against a dark background. The flowers exhibit shades of pink, purple, and yellow, radiating vividness.

Parrot Tulips

A close-up of a dark purple tulip blooming amidst a field filled with similar tulips in various stages of bloom, set against a backdrop of green leaves.

Queen of the Night Tulips

A yellow and white tulip blooms, exhibiting six petals radiating outward, with surrounding green leaves and blurred natural background.

Species Tulips

Yellow and red tulips bloom under sunlight in a garden, surrounded by green foliage and blurred background.

Triumph Tulips

Tulip Occasions

Lovely spring tulips are the ideal flower to display on your Easter table, gift to family, especially moms on Mother's Day, and freshen up your home after spring cleaning. Tulips are also the perfect go-to bloom for birthday celebrations and commemorating new life chapters, such as an engagement, new baby, promotion, and more. You can also turn to the symbolism of white tulips to express a sincere apology.

No matter the occasion, tulips are colourful, rejuvenating, and classic flowers that always bring charm and allure.