Pink tulips, purple and red - how lovely!
Tulips are among the most popular flowering bulbs with the world’s gardeners and over 100 varieties have been developed to meet nearly every color and fancy. Tulip bulbs most commonly planted for spring display in cool climates and grown indoors to brighten countless homes in the darkest days of winter.
Tulips come in an wide array of colors. Pink tulips and white tulips are the most actively sought colors, followed closely by yellow, purple and red tulips. Each color evokes a different mood and feeling. Tulips are the superstars of Spring. They sparkle like diamonds in the sun. Seeing rows and rows of red tulips or yellow tulips during springtime in Holland is a delight to the eye and the spirit.
Historically appealing, Tulips convey a host of impressions on those who raise them with tenderness and loving care. Considered rich in European background they also blend into Asian and Oriental mystery. Even their origins are a subject for speculation, legend and myth. They are considered “native” to locations around the world in such diverse locations as North Africa, Iran and northeast China.
One thing permanently established is their popularity and the incredible variety of colors available to all. These range across the spectrum including white, yellow, blue, red, yellow and even black. The varieties are likewise abundant with varieties that are fringed, cuplike and closely gathered much like roses. Once considered rare and sometimes priceless these limitations no longer hold true.
There are climatic conditions that do apply when outdoor planting is the objective. but tulip bulbs are particularly hardy under the most adverse conditions when proper care is extended. Although they will not survive in tropical areas they can, of course, be nurtured when colder temperatures are introduced. Many varieties of bulbs can be planted indoors in properly prepared beds, tended and fed carefully. Blooms can also be “forced” to flower when such responses are desired.
Tulip colors vary from pink to white from yellow to purple and red from to orange.
Multicolored patterns can be induced through "heroic" efforts such as the introduction of viruses to the plants. Yes, plant viruses create some of the more magical patterns you've seen. Some modern varieties will display multicolored patterns in the blossoms from natural changes in the flower pigments. Carmen Rio ( yellow and red ), Clusiana Lady Jane ( white and pink ) and Tulip Gavota ( red and white tulip blend )are a few of the tulip color patterns you might see.
The tulip may be grown in one of two ways: through “offset” bulbs that have been preserved or through seeds of mature parent plants. Tulips that are precisely cloned from offsets are generally successful in preserving stocks. Those grown from seeds are subject to change and rarely come close in appearance to the original plant.
Read more about tulips and the history of tulips.