history of the Tulip
The Tulip was first discovered by Europeans some 400 years ago in
Turkey and parts of Asia. It was found in both short and long stemmed
The Tulip which was a measure in gold at that time was sold by the Azen. Gradually a lively speculative trade in Tulips was developed; the so-called "Tulip-Craze". Tulips had been traded for large amounts of money, wine, crops, houses and other valuable assets. In 1637, the wild speculation became of such serious concern, that the Dutch Governments had to intervene and declare all transactions to be illegal.
For many gamblers, it was a tragic move, but on the other hand, it
produced widespread popularity for the Tulip. Stories about the
"Tulip Craze" appeared in many European journals, which were
the means of publicity then, just as the newspaper is today.
Some species of Botanical Tulips are the original wild, short growing Tulips, but are commercially grown in Holland today. Through crossing and hybridizing, many varieties have been developed and classified under the group "Botanical Tulips", Greigii, Kaufmanniana, and Fosteriana form the three main groups. 'Red Emperor' belongs to this category and is probably the best known variety. Botanical Tulips are most interesting; they are the first Tulips to bloom in early spring. Their bright, solid and two-tone colors can be seen from a distance. Most varieties grow low and have very sturdy foliage. The Greigii varieties have dotted or striped leaves which are attractive to the eye even before they bloom.
Single Early Tulips
Double Early Tulips
Darwin Hybrid Tulips
Single Late Tulips
Double Late Tulips Kaufmanniana Tulips
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