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History: The history of tulips reminds us of quick fortune, extravagance, luxury, theft, and a madness for tulips known as tulipmania. The tulip is native to Asia, more accurately the central Asia. The word Tulipa means turban in turkey. It has been supposed that the resemblance of the shape of the flower to a turban gives the tulip its name. this flower was planted and grown in Turkey during the 1500s. The ambassador is responsible for the recognition and fame of the flower tulip in Europe. The time when the flower was introduces to Europe and countries like U.K was somewhere between the 1565 A.D. as soon as the Europe got to view the enchanting flower called tulip, a tulip craze started to flow throughout the big cities of Europe. The order of the flower from turkey was so massive that Turkish people could not even handle the massive orders that they had to put up to. Tulipmaina was seen and observed first in Holland and then later in Turkey. Everyone literally fell in love with the flower and were willing to pay a very high, unreasonable price for the flower. During the 1650s, the flower was a symbol of fortune. The very rich people had the flower all over the garden while the poor couldn’t afford it. The flowers were found in the royal gardens of the palaces of the kings. The flowers were massively used by governments of Canada and Dutch later, a hybrid was created by mixing the wild varieties with other varieties of tulips. In 1920, because of the insisting of the U.K society, a Tulip nomenclature society was formed and the names of the varieties of tulips flowers were published. The flower definitely shook the botany and income of the people of Turkey, Europe and U.K.. It made some people instant millionaires while others lost money.

Symbolism: In the Persian society, tulip is a flower which gives a message of passionate love from a man to his girl. The flower means that the man loves the girl with flames of real passion. After the world war two, the Dutch government showed their appreciation of the Canadian people by sending them hundreds of tulips flowers. The flowers were actually shipped to the Canada. Thus tulips were widely useful and used in the history too.

The tulips symbolize pure love. Tulips are given to the person whom you  think is your soul mate. It is given to a person who you are madly, truly in love with. Red tulips signify an appealing, overwhelming passion for each other while the white as well as yellow tulips indicate a more subtle, almost spiritual kind of love. If a yellow rose is given to a person then the message behind is that the “I am in love with you. And this feeling can’t change and I can never love you.”

Myth: According to an ancient Persian myth, a young man named Farhad once loved a beautiful girl named Shirin. Through one of life's misadventures, he heard, erroneously, that she had died. Full of grief, he got on his horse and rode it at full speed over a cliff, plunging to his death. As he lay bleeding, red tulips began to spring up around his body. In time, they came to be a Persian symbol of perfect love.

According to the oriental legend, tulips was born from the blood of a true lover. Once upon a time, there lived a handsome young man called Farhad. He was impeccably in love with a beautiful girl named Sharin. One day a person came to Farhad and told him that sharing had humped off a cliff and died. He did not have the urge to live anymore. He did not want a life without Sharin. Thus, in the grief he too jumped off a cliff. On where he lied after the fall, a flower was seen to grow from his blood. They named  the flower tulip thereafter. Thus tulip is the symbol of pure love and sacrifice.

Types: There are two types of tulips, species tulips and hybrid tulips. Species tulips are a lot petite in size compared to hybrid tulips. The hybrid tulips work best in rough areas like rock gardens. However, the species tulips have more attractive and beautiful flowers. They can also be used in combinations of other plants or flowers in the gareden. In addition, species tulips are ore favorable to be grown in vases. The varieties of the species of tulips are many. Some have tender yellow color while the others are red or white. Some give beautiful fragrance while the others don’t. some are 12 inches tall while others are three inches tall. So, you can choose and have any sort of tulip flower that you want. Tulipa batalinii is the perfect choice if you want flowers which give yellow hues and Tulipa clusiana tall white flowers. Tulipa greigii is the right choice if you want a variety of hues like pink, yellow, orange, red.

Planting: The points written below should be followed in order to plant the tulips and get the best out of these flowers. Once the bulbs are bought, the tulip bulbs should be kept dry. Keeping the bulbs in a well aerated place would make sure it is dry. The bulbs should be planted in the fall. the best time for plantation is September, October or November. If the bulbs are planted too soon then the desirable result of beautiful, lasting flowers can’t be achieved. The tulips love hot, bright sun. Thus the tulips should be planted in places where ample or good sunlight is received. Tulips don’t like wet soil. Thus they must be planted in a soil which is pretty dry. The plants should be guarded from harmful pests. The bulbs should be grown in groups of at least seven. The bunches of seven flowers should be kept two inches apart from each other. This will result in a beautiful, variety of tulips flowers in the garden.

Thus to plant tulips a sunny site with dry soil should be chosen. The soil should also have good drainage. Some nutrients and manure can be kept in the soil. The area should be dug and loosen. Fertilizers such as the granular fertilizer can be used as they allow the well and efficient growth of the flower.

The hole in which is the bulbs are to be kept should be dug very deep. That means it should be dug thrice the height of the tulip flower that is about to be planted. That give us the maths that tells us that if the bulb is three inches high then the hole should be nine inches high. The bulb should be kept in the hole in such a way that the sharp point of the bulb faces upwards, towards the person who is planting the tulips. If in case you have already planted the bulb, there is not much to be anxious about. The bulb will still grow but they won’t be as high as it would be otherwise. Once the bulbs are kept in the holes, the holes should be covered with mud and watered.

Uses: Tulips are mostly used to be planted in  the garden in a group of nine bulbs. They can also be planted and grown massively. In Holland mostly, the flowers are grown in a big, formal bed of flowers. Also, some variety of tulips are grown in the rock gardens too. All varieties of tulips are excellent for cutting. They can be used in bouquet and also kept in vases. The tulips are the favorite for the cutting the flowers.

Care: The tulips bulbs should not  be kept in the de-freezing area of the refrigerator. The low temperature of the area can actually kill the bulbs. Also, anything that passes ethylene gas should not be kept near the flower. The things that give ethylene gas are fruits such as lemons, oranges. These things will kill the flower which is not desirable.

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