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Tulips meaning

Tulip Meanings

Our customers love tulips, but what do tulips mean when you send them to somebody? Does a tulip represent love? Which tulip is right to send to a good friend? You will be able to answer all of these questions and more by reading this blog. 

Tulips are one of the most beloved and popular flowers in the world. With their vibrant colours and delicate petals, they are a symbol of spring, new beginnings, and beauty. But beyond their aesthetic appeal, tulips have a rich history and symbolism that make them even more fascinating. Because tulips have been around for so many years they are known to symbolise many things such as honour, sympathy, deep love, and unconditional friendship, whether it is for your partner, children, family or friends. 

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What do tulips symbolise?

Tulips are more than just a flower. Their long-standing cultural and spiritual significance has lasted for centuries. Considered a token of love, luck, faith, and innocence in many different countries, tulips come in a variety of colours that all represent different emotions or feelings. Symbolising perfect deep love, power, and spirituality, tulips can be used to bring comfort, joy, and hope.

Originating in the Ottoman Empire, tulips were first introduced to Europe in the 16th century, and quickly became a coveted commodity, particularly in the Netherlands and at one point each bulb was worth an extraordinary amount of money. 

The Dutch became known for their tulip cultivation, and during the 17th century, the demand for tulips grew to such an extent that it led to a speculative bubble known as the “Tulip Mania.”

“Tulip Mania” is often cited as the classic example of a financial bubble: when the price of something goes up and up, not because of its intrinsic value, but because people who buy it expect to be able to sell it again at a profit. While the value of tulip bulbs eventually crashed, the flower remained popular and continues to be a staple in gardens and floral arrangements today. 

Tulips have a very different meaning in society today.

What is the meaning of tulips by colour?

Flowers are a great way to show someone how you really feel. From red roses for Valentine’s Day to white roses for sympathy. Each flower symbolises something different and each flower has a different language to convey it’s own message.. There are many different colours of tulips and many different styles. From frilly multi-petal parrot tulips to delicate traditional tulips. Some have a single colour and others have a mixed colour. But what is the humble tulip mean? And what does the colour symbolise?

Like many different flowers, different coloured tulips symbolise different things. It is important to know the different meanings, especially if you are gifting them and want to send the right message to the receiver. 

What is the meaning of pink tulips?

Pink tulips are known for meaning affection, kindness, love and good wishes. Synonymous with females, pink tulips are great to send to female friends and family to show them you care. 

If you want to congratulate someone on their graduation, birthday, or promotion pink tulips are the perfect flower to send as their meaning is full of kindness. 

A single tulip presented to your friend is enough to show them that you appreciate them and cherish their presence in your life. If you prefer to send something a bit bigger then a bouquet of 80 pink tulips wrapped in a white paper is a beautiful symbol of affection.

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What is the meaning of red tulips?

Red tulips are perfect for love. They represent strength and ambition as well as love and passion. The colour red also represents courage and power which are all qualities that come into play in spirituality. 

Red tulips are a popular flower for couples to give for anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. Send your significant other red tulips will guarantee they will be happy! Specifically, this flower is associated with 11th wedding anniversary and can be the perfect gift for the occasion. 

The symbolic meaning of red tulips among natives of the Netherlands and other parts of Europe is that the person is ‘on fire with love’. If you believe in love and wish to express your love and feelings red tulips are the perfect symbolic flowers to send. 

What is the meaning of white tulips?

White is traditionally associated with purity and innocence. White tulips are the perfect flower to send for forgiveness, respect, honour, to offer someone a second chance or to show remorse. So whether you need to apologise to someone or you are sending your condolences, white tulips are perfect to send. 

A beautiful bouquet of white tulips with eucalyptus, or a stunning flower arrangement with roses, white tulips and orchids; any of these designs will portray your feelings of forgiveness, respect and honour. 

What is the meaning of yellow tulips?

The colour yellow and yellow flowers symbolise happiness, brightness and cheer. Yellow is a happy colour that can bring light at even the darkest times. Yellow tulips are the perfect flower to cheer someone up, or to brighten their day in dark times. 

Yellow tulips are not just for friends, they also show appreciation to anyone who shows up in your life including teachers, mentors, doctors and employers. Expressing your gratitude with yellow tulips, whether in a bouquet or flower arrangement is the ideal way to brighten someone specials day. 

In the Victorian times, yellow tulips were often given to people to say that they had ‘sunshine in the smile’. So why not send a beautiful bouquet of yellow tulips to show the person receiving it that they make you happy!

What is the meaning of purple tulips?

Purple tulips within their regal tones represent royalty, wealth and prosperity. In the 1500s, Queen Elizabeth even banned everyone except members of the royal family to wear purple as it was such a special colour! Today purple tulips are available to everyone and perfect to send to someone who you admire, and who has knowledge and wisdom. 

When sending purple tulips to your loved one this would signify that you appreciate their intellectual knowledge as well as the closeness you have. These tulips also symbolise rebirth so are perfect to send for a new baby, and of course in spring time.

Purple tulips are often used in bridal bouquets as they represent prosperity, something that all newlyweds want. So why not send a beautiful bouquet of purple tulips to someone you think is fabulous and deserving of these beautiful blooms?

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What do black tulips symbolise?

Black tulips symbolise power and strength. Their mysterious and elegant shade depicts royalty, protection and honour.  Black tulips are a rare hybrid of tulips. Absolute black tulips are very hard to achieve and have long been a challenge for many tulip growers. There are many mixtures of purple, dark wine red or velvet maroon that are closest to pure black and that work just as well. 

Due to black tulips being quite rare, they are often more expensive as a cut flower and harder to look after as a plant because they are naturally more fragile than their easy-to-grow counterparts.

Black tulips are perfect to send to someone who is extremely special to you and who needs reminding of their power and strength.  

Tulip flowers are such wonderful and happy flowers and the tulip meanings help you to understand which colour you would prefer to send to a specific person for a special event. Some other colours you may be interested in are;

  • Orange Tulips – orange tulip meaning is care, compassion and sympathy and understanding. This is a perfect colour tulip to send to someone going through a tough time. 
  • Blue Tulips – blue tulips symbolise uniqueness. That is because the blue tulip did not exist until some clever floral breeders found the perfect mix to create blue tulips. So if you are sending blue tulips to someone you are celebrating how one of a kind they are and how truly special they are to you. 
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Shop for tulips at Plaza Hollandi

Are you ready to buy tulips? At Plaza Hollandi we have a vast selection of tulips available all year round. Due to our Dutch heritage and long-standing relationships with growers all over the world, we are able to bring our customers the best tulips available. 

We have a great selection just for you. If you prefer to arrange your flowers yourself then how about 50 white tulips to display throughout your home in single-stem vases and larger vases? For a small flower arrangement that suits any occasion how about Sophia, which has purple and white tulips in the design? Looking for something bigger with tulips incorporated? Our Amelia Hatbox design is perfect to create that WOW factor. 

Whatever you need you will find at Plaza Hollandi. We can offer same-day flower delivery anywhere in Qatar with a personal message to your loved ones. 

Need help deciding what to send contact us for more information.  

Interested in more information about the meanings of flowers? Take a look at our blog post on the meaning of roses. Or read the flower trends of 2023 or langdscaping design ideas.

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