Tulips are one of the most popular flowers used by a florist today with over 150 species and over 3000 cultivars. The natural season is late winter to spring, but tulips grown out of season are available during autumn, winter and spring.
They are deciduous, winter growing and summer dormant with most producing a single, 6 petalled flower. Parrot tulips have broken, serrated incurved blooms, white lily-flowers types have pointed petals that curve outwards but the most common tulip is the waxy, goblet-shaped single flower.
Tulips are phototropic meaning that they will bend and follow the light, so ensure even lighting.
Botanical facts: The Tulip’s (Tulipa spp) shapes are what originally gave them their name. The name originated from the Persian word "delband," meaning turban. They originated in Iran and Turkey before introduction into Europe in the 16th century.
Nowadays, nearly all hybrid flower bulbs come from Holland. Tulips are a part of the Liliaceae family, which also contains lilies, onions, garlic and asparagus.