The Tulips Flower

Tulips Flower

The annual Canadian Tulip Festival held in both Ottawa and Gatineau exhibit more than one million tulips sown throughout the city, all along Rideau Canal, and on the shoreline of Dow’s Lake.

In 1945, the citizens of Ottawa received a gift of one hundred thousand tulip bulbs from the Dutch Royal Family in gratitude for the sanctuary of Princess Juliana and her children during the Second World War during the Nazis occupation of the Netherlands.

The world’s largest display of tulips is located in Keukenhof near the town of Lisse in the Netherlands and is open annually from the end of March to the middle of May. There you can see the beautiful results of planting seven million tulip flower bulbs.

 Scientific Name

Tulip scientific name is Tulipa gesneriana .

 Geographic Origin

Carolus Clusis planted tulip bulbs originating in Turkey, in Vienna’s Imperial Botanical Gardens, and at Hortus Botanicus located at Leiden University the oldest university in the Netherlands. This chain of events created the viable tulip trade in Holland.

The tulip plant is native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. Belonging to the Tulipa genus and Lilaceae family, the tulip is a perennial plant having a short stem and bulbous base.

 Description and Characteristics

Additional facts include:

Transplanting Tulips in mid-summer or early fall, after the tulip has bloomed and the foliage has turned golden is recommended.

Dividing Tulip Bulbs

If your tulips become less vibrant and frail:


In 1559 Konrad Gessner, Swiss environmentalist and bibliographer, gave an account of growing tulips and tulip care in the garden of Councillor Herwart in Augsburg, Bavaria. However, it was not until the 16th century that Flemish doctor, botanist, and horticulturist Carolus Clusis prepared the groundwork for Dutch tulip propagation.

Cultivation and Care

Planting Tips for Tulips:

How to Grow Tulips

Plant the bulb 4 to 8 inches deep, however, in climates without a cool spring and early summer, the bulbs should be planted deeper, i.e. 10 to 12 inches. This may lengthen the life of the tulip in warmer climates. Where climates are warm year round, the bulbs may need removing during extremely hot temperatures and replanted during the cool-down period.

When to Plant Tulip Bulbs: