The Truth About Tulips

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					by: Janice Wee

Roses may be beautiful but Tulips are magnificent. The huge colorful blooms we associate with
Holland make stunning bouquets.

Did you know that Tulips did NOT originate from Holland? Actually, most species of wild tulips
came from central asia and western asia. Tulips that originated in Europe were mainly from the

How much would YOU pay for a tulip bulb? Did you know way back in 1635, a single tulip bulb
could fetch the equivalent of $35,000 in present day money. No other flower ever generated such
an insane following. But why?

Part of it is due to the beauty of the flower and the rarity of the tulip back in those days. It
became a status symbol. People wanted to outdo one another with tulips. So the demand for
tulips went sky high. The insanity that came next can be compared to the insanity in the stock
market prior to stock market crashes. Investors would then buy tulips at ridiculous to sell at even
crazier prices. Needless to say, when the inevitable crash came, fortunes were lost.

Lessons learnt from that incident can be applied to the stock market today. Same thing happened
in the dot com boom and bust. Same thing is going to happen over and over again. Greed leading
to blindness. The only remedy is to keep your eyes open and look at the facts. The important
thing is how much something is really worth. Not what others say it would be worth in the

Tulips are valued for their beauty. They are treasured across nations. The Dutch crown princess
fled to Canada for refuge during the world war. At the end of the war, Tulips became their gift of
friendship. The Dutch gave Canada 1 million tulips in gratitude for the friendship displayed in
the war. Such is the value of Tulips. Tulips are considered to be a symbol of friendship. Even
today, you can see that magnificent display of Tulips in Canada. Reminding one about friendship
in times of need.

These days, tulips are no longer as expensive as back then. An entire garden blooming with
tulips during spring time is very affordable. All you need are some great tulip bulbs.

Tulips bloom after snow. So if you live where there is snow, then plant them in September.
Tulips need the cold before then can bloom. If the winters are harsh, then cover the bulbs with
straw or leaves. Uncover them in spring.

What do you do if you live where there is no snow?

Well, if you have a refrigerator, use it. Put the tulip bulbs, in a paper bag and refrigerate it for 6 to 8 weeks,
but keep them away from the fruit. Then plant the tulips.

This article was posted on September 06, 2005

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