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The Amsterdam Tulip Museum Blog

KAVB Tulip Registry Royal Horticultural Society 2015

Are New Tulips Still Being Bred?

Tulip breeders are as active today as they ever were, and are creating new hybrids and genetic lines all the time. In 2015 alone, approximately 15...
Tulip Queen of Night Black Colorblends

What Is The Darkest Tulip Out There?

The 'Paul Scherer', descended from the legendary 'Queen of Night' and other dark Tulips, is the collective result of centuries of breeding, and cl...
Tulip Duc Van Tol Red Yellow Oldest Tulip Hortus Bulborum

The Oldest Tulip Breed Still Alive Today

The oldest Tulip breed that still exists today is the 'Duc van Tol' Red & Yellow. First introduced in 1595, its sturdy genetic line has not b...
Emanuel Sweert Sweerts Florilegium Catalog Tulip Tulip Mania

The First Commercial Catalog In Europe

Tulips were actually the driver behind Europe's first ever commercial catalogue.  Although Amsterdam and Tulips now seem as synonymous as Holland...
Viceroy Tulip Catalog Tulip Mania

The Fancy Names Of Golden Age Tulips

To stand out during Tulip Mania, growers did everything they could in order to differentiate themselves from the competition. One such effort was ...
Tulip Contract Futures Tulip Mania

Futures Contracts During Tulip Mania

No physical bulbs or Tulips were actually sold during the height of Tulip Mania during the winter months of 1636-1637. As all the bulbs were dorma...
Explorer Pierre Belon French Sixteenth Century

The First Tulips in Europe

  Although the Dutch dominate the European Tulip trade today, historians believe that the first European Tulips were actually French - grown by exp...
Semper Augustus Tulip Catalog Tulip Mania

What Caused The Beautiful Streaks On Some Famous Tulips?

The beautiful streaks of the Semper Augustus (pictured) and other famous Tulips - streaks that helped trigger a frenzy of demand during Tulip Mani...
Tulip Varieties 6-panel Red White Yellow Pink Purple Parrot

Different Kinds Of Tulips

Thousands of different types of Tulips exist. There is so much variety that growers have had to develop a complex classification system looking a...
Tulip Mania Amsterdam Tulip Museum Price Graph

Price Of Tulips During Tulip Mania?

The most expensive Tulip Bulb ever sold was the Semper Augustus. Reliable historical sources show that a contract for a single bulb sold for 5,200...
Tulip Fields Holland Red Yellow

The Biggest Growers Of Tulips Today?

Despite the flower originating in the mountains of Central Asia, Tulip production today is dominated by the Netherlands, which despite its small s...
Tulip Farmers World War Two Baskets Bulbs

Can You Eat Tulip Bulbs?

Although rarely used for food, Tulip Bulbs are edible and were used, with recipes, to prevent starvation during World War II - their taste resemb...