Tulips have various colors such as orange, white, red, yellow, pink and deep purple. Enjoy the tulips photos I took in a flower show held recently.
The beauty of tulips attracts many viewers and photographers. Other than the beauty, there are some interesting facts about tulips worthy to receive our attention.
1. Do you know where Holland gets the first tulips bulbs? The first tulips came from China and were grown in the famous flower garden in Leiden in Holland, set up by Carolus Clusius in the late 1500s. Tulip cultivation began since then. And Holland is the most famous tulip-growing and exporting country nowadays.
2. There are over 100 species for tulips.
3. Each tulip has four major parts (from top to bottom): flower part, stem, leaves and bulb.
4. Tulips are grown in the wild, in gardens and pots. They are also popular cut flowers.
5. Tulips bloom from bulbs that have layers because they are made of leaf parts.
6. Tulips belong to the monocot group and this means only a single leaf sprouted from their seeds.
7. Most tulips have a single bloom at the end of each stem.
8. Tulips have few leaves, usually two to six only.
9. Tulips are perennial flowers. They can bloom for many years and flower in spring. When winter approaches, all other parts die, leaving the bulbs alive underground to store food.
10. Holland began its cut flower trade with tulips in 1600s. The cut tulips are sent by air and keep chilled during the transport so that they can arrive fresh.
a) Visual Factfinder: Natural World published by Bardfield Press.
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