Flowers

A florist's guide to tulips

Written by Rona Wheeldon
February 20, 2018

Single, Double, Parrot, French Parrot and Fringed...all different types of tulips which you can currently find in abundance at New Covent Garden Flower Market.

Wraps upon wraps of this popular bloom in a myriad of colours are available from all of our flower wholesalers. Whilst at our plant wholesalers you'll find potted bulbs, plus even artificial varieties at our sundries specialists!


New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Double Pink Tulip Columbus Dg Wholesale Flowers

Background

Part of the Liliaceae family, the bloom's botanical name is Tulipa, derived from the Turkish word for turban, 'tulbend', due to the shape of the flower resembling this traditional form of headwear. 

Colours include white, red, yellow, pink, purple, lilac and orange. Plus, there are also striped and bi-coloured types. Double varieties are particularly popular, including Red Princess and Orange Princess. And quantity wise, tulips generally come in wraps of 50 stems, with French tulips coming in bunches of 10 stems. 

They're usually on sale from October/November through to May/June. But now is their peak season. There's also a limited supply available from July to September, when they can be ordered in for you.

Tulips continue to grow in water. So, if you decide to arrange them with other flowers, depending on the style of your design, you may wish to recess them slightly to account for this. Be also aware that tulips are phototropic, which means that their flower heads tend to grow towards the light.

Types

FLOWERS

British

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Tulips At Pratley 1

Single

Coquette

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Single White Tulip Coquette At Zest Flowers

White Liberstar 

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona White Tulip White Liberstar At Bloomfield

Thijs Boots 

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Pale Pink Tulip Thijs Boots At Bloomfield

Denmark

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Red Yellow Tulip Denmark At Deanos Flowers

Furand

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Red White Tulip Furand At J H Hart Flowers

Escape

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Red Tulip Escape At Zest Flowers

Strong Love

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Deep Red Tulip Strong Love At J H Hart Flowers

Frontline

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Cerise Pink Tulips Frontline At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Bullit

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Purple Tulip Bullit At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Ronaldo

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Purple Tulip Ronaldo At Bloomfield

Ronaldo Unique

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Deep Purple Ronaldo Unique At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Double

Red Princess

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Red Double Tulip Red Princess At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Warren Buffett

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Double Red Tulip Warren Buffett At A Goodchild

Double Princess

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Pink Double Tulip Double Princess At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Marie Jo

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Double Yellow Tulip Marie Jo At Bloomfield

Parrot

Parrot Prince

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Purple Parrot Tulip Parrot Prince At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Air

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Pale Pink Parrot Tulip Air At Dennis Edwards Flowers

French Parrot

La Courtine

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Yellow And Green Parrot Tulip La Courtine Parrot At A Goodchild

Avignon Parrot

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Orange Parrot Tulip Avignon Parrot At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Flaming Parrot

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Red Yellow Parrot Tulip Flaming Parrot At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Fringed

Purple Crystal

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Purple Fringed Tulip Purple Crystal At Dg Wholesale Flowers

POTTED BULBS

Bruno Liljefors is the name of the variety pictured below. But you'll also find several others at our plant wholesalers including Popcorn (white), Baby Blue (purple) and Peach Blossom (pink).

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Potted Orange Tulip Bulbs Bruno Liljefors At Evergreen Exterior Services

ARTIFICIAL

Silk tulips are available at our sundries wholesalers, including single and parrot. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2018 A Florists Guide To Tulips Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Artificial Pink Silk Tulips At C Best

Design Inspiration

Tulips look wonderful either massed on their own in a bouquet or combined with other seasonal flowers. Here are some examples of gorgeous designs featuring single, double, parrot and French varieties...

(Source : McQueens)

(Source : Simon Lycett)

(Source : Urban Flower Co.)

(Source : JamJar Flowers)

(Source : Rebel Rebel)

(Source : Shane Connolly)

(Source : Zita Elze)

(Source : Paul Thomas Flowers)

(Source : Jens Jakobsen)

(Source : Tony Marklew)

Your Designs

We'd love to see photos of arrangements that you've made using tulips from the Flower Market. Simply send an email to hello@cgma.co.uk, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us with @MarketFlowers. We'll then upload your photos into this section. 

(Source: MeadowSweet)

I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's florist's guide. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you...

P.S. For even more varieties of this well-known bloom, please do check out our previous Product Profile

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