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The four most interesting facts about tulips
by iBulb
September 21, 2014

1. In the 17th century, a tulip bulb could be worth as much as a house

At the beginning of the 17th century, a huge tulip madness known as tulip mania erupted in the Republic of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands. These bulbs had become a speculative commodity and were worth a lot of money. During this period, you could buy an entire canal house in Amsterdam for the price of a single tulip bulb. Sounds nice, doesn't it?

2. The name 'tulip' comes from the Persian word for 'turban'

Tulips come originally from Iran, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. From there, nomads took the bulbs to Turkey where sultans wore a tulip on their turban, a headgear known as a tulipan in Persian. This is how the tulip got its name.

3. The Dutch climate provides the world with tulips from Holland

Once tulips were introduced to the Netherlands at the end of the 16th century, they generated an enormous amount of interest. People experimented with growing them inside and around their homes. With the demand for tulips rising, a more professional approach to growing them developed. The Netherlands' coastal zone proved extremely beneficial for this purpose. The mild winters and cool summers provided by a maritime climate, sandy soil with good drainage and a constant water level, and the fact that tulips were being grown in a centre of trade were factors that helped promote the cultivation of tulips so well in the Netherlands.

4. When you give tulips, you also give a message

Tulips are special flowers. If you gave a tulip in the 16th century, you were giving riches. After all, the flower was exceptionally popular in those days. Now, the message you give depends on the tulip's color. Red tulips, for example, express impetuous love. And black tulips say, 'My love for you is so great that I would give up anything for you.’

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