The Ultimate Guide to Holland’s Tulip Season 2022
The tulip season in the Netherlands starts at the end of March and finishes around the middle of May. The tulips are at their absolute best in mid April. This is when the tulip fields are in full bloom.
Wander through Keukenhof. It’s a gorgeous park with over 7 million tulip bulbs. It’s the most popular place to see tulips in Holland. Schagerbrug is a small town and is surrounded by tulip fields every year. Here’s the thing. The location of the fields changes each year to make sure the soil stays healthy. De Tulperij is a tulip farm with a show garden of over 300 types of flowers. The cozy farm has everything you need to enjoy the tulip season. Walk through the flower field, buy tulips, and enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of cake at the farm cafe. Bloemencorso Bollenstreek is the annual flower parade and a massive festival. The parade travels over 42 km from the seaside resort of Noordwijk to the city of Haarlem. You’ll see beautiful flowers and unique sculptures made from tulips in the parade!
Tulips were first imported to the Netherlands in the 16th century, and the people quickly became obsessed with the flower.
‘Tulipmania’ reached its peak in the 17th century, when a single bulb could fetch as much as a canal-side house in Amsterdam. Today it is a major part of the Dutch horticulture economy, with over 2 billion tulip bulbs produced every year.
The tulip is also ingrained in the culture of the country, inspiring countless artists over the years. However, much of the international appeal of the bloom doesn’t just lie in its undeniable bright beauty, but also in the fact that they are so easy to grow. The tulip bulb can be transported to any garden or home, transforming them with a flash of springtime color and a bit of the Dutch countryside.
Gardeners at the Keukenhof park plant over 7 million bulbs by hand each September to prepare for this annual eight-week extravaganza at the world’s largest flower and tulip garden. The gardens cover 32 hectares or nearly 80 acres. Apart from tulips, they also plant daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, and other flowers. More than a million tourists visit each year to catch a glimpse of the gardens, and flower shows.
Tulip mania was a period during the Dutch Golden Age when contract prices for some bulbs of the recently introduced and fashionable tulip reached extraordinarily high levels, with the major acceleration starting in 1634 and then dramatically collapsing in February 1637. It is generally considered to have been the first recorded speculative bubble or asset bubble in history.
Most of the tulip bulbs sold around the world are grown in Holland. These bulbs are the result of many years of tulip bulb production. Every year tulips are grown in Holland to gain more bulbs to sell. Almost every bulb planted for production, grows a tulip and develops several new bulbs depending on the species. Holland has perfect weather conditions to grow tulips. The tulips need a specific growing cycle to grow without problems. The growing cycle of the tulips can be divided into several stadiums and the most important factor is temperature.
Although the Netherlands’ cold winter is perfect for the blooming of tulips, the flowers aren’t actually Dutch. Tulips are originally indigenous to Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Tulip farming began in the early tenth century. However, the Tulip craze didn’t strike the Turks until the early 16th century during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. By the end of the 16th century, an Austrian Biologist named Carolus Clusius played a major role in the introduction of tulips to the European world. Clusius’ writings about tulips ignited a huge love for these flowers across Europe, especially the Netherlands.
Tulip flower meanings are separated by their different colors. While there are many to choose from, the only type you won’t find is blue tulips. Despite many attempts, true blue tulips don’t exist. Starting with one of the most beautiful and significant colors in the tulip world, red tulips symbolize perfect love, much like the red rose. Red tulips are also associated with a Persian love legend.
Orange signifies joy, enthusiasm, and the longing for rays of sunshine. Since orange can also symbolize heat, it carries closer meanings in terms of love and compassion. For these reasons, orange tulips represent happiness and excitement. They’re also used to convey a sense of understanding, mutual connection, and appreciation between two people, whether they’re in a relationship or not.
Years ago, yellow was said to represent jealousy, associated with the rejection of love. But in recent years, the color acquired a more hopeful representation. Today, yellow tulips are linked with sunlight, cheerfulness, and pure friendship. This made yellow tulips one of the most popular spontaneous floral gifts.
White tulips represent purity and peace. Similarly, these beautiful flowers are excellent picks for an apology bouquet. If you’re looking for a romantic way to say “I’m sorry“, then a white bouquet of tulips might be what you’re looking for.
Pink is the color of good wishes, health, and confidence. This makes pink tulips a great way to congratulate someone on graduation or a new job. They can also mean that you wish someone a speedy recovery. This makes them excellent when visiting a sick relative or friend as a get-well gift.
Due to their velvety sheen and regal color, purple tulips symbolize royalty. They are one of the most elegant color types and stand out amongst the green foliage.
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