Montessori Botany- Life Cycle of A Tulip
Last weekend, Feb 2, Saturday, we got this pretty tulip plant at our local Costco store. The store started to display variety of outdoor and indoor plants ideally for spring and summer. This tulip plant is properly packaged in a vase with a slight curve surface at the bottom (to keep the bulb above the water level). Photos below are the stages of tulip plant growth that was started in a vase with bulb and stems. I highly recommend this type of growing a tulip if you have a limited space like ours. We live in a two bedroom apartment with a small patio. This is ideal if you have a covered patio since tulip doesn’t need a direct sunlight . You can place it by the window or directly in your patio. Before presenting the Life Cycle Of A Tulip, it is important to learn some important facts of a tulip plant first.
Important Facts About Tulip
- When we think of tulip we inially think about Holland. The first cultivation of tulip was actually in Central Asia- Persia during the 10th century. Then eventually found its way to Europe and the United States.
- The Netherlands is the largest producer/cultivator of tulips with around three billion exported each year.
- Tulips are perennial plant but the bulbs can be kept for growth for the next season.
- One of the most loved and beautiful Spring flower in the world is tulip!
- Tulip is an excellent air purifier. This flower is not just a perfect interior decor to accentuate your space but efficiently provide a clean air indoor.
- Tulip bulbs are planted during fall and best kept underground during winter usually when soils are below 60 degrees F.
- By early spring, different brighlty colored tulips will start to bloom!
- Tulip flowers are cup/goblet-shaped with three petals and three sepals.
- It grows from six inches to two feet high.
- There are a significant variety of tulip colors.
- Tulips are part of the lily family.
- Tulip has medicinal benefits such as: skin care, insect bites treatment, prevents insomia (tulip essential oil)
- Tulip petals are edible and can be a replacement for onions.
- There are more than 150 tulip species with over 3000 varieties.
- The Parkinsons Disease Foundation uses the tulip flower as their symbol.
Life Cycle of a Tulip
No Buds (2-3 weeks)
In this stage, bulbs are opening up and making its way to reveal new tulip leaves but no buds yet. You can see the roots from below and side of the vase sprouting up. The leaves are full-grown with few are still scrolled.
Only leaves and a close bulbs for now. No tulip buds spotted.
The bulbs are still close. Usually when it opens, the tulip buds started to emerge.
UPDATE: February 7, 2019
Budding (1 week)
I didn’t check first thing in the morning if there are Tulip buds came out. But was mesmerized this afternoon with this tiny yellow tulip buds. I can’t describe any words other than “beautiful”. Indeed it’s a real beauty from nature.
Tulip buds came out from the stem.
UPDATE: February 12, 2019
Almost Full Bloom
Tulip buds are opening and started to grow taller. Usually a week more to see the full bloom Tulip flowers.
Tulip Life Cycle Card
This card is actually from the label attached around the vase. To save paper (for making a nomenclature card) I cut this part and there you go! I have an instant Tulip Life Cycle card.
This is another part of the label from Bloomaker, it shows the care instructions of a Tulip. Since tulip is not a high maintenance plant, you can only add water into the vase once the water level gets too low. I place the vase by the window of my daughter’s room to avoid direct sunlight. Any space looks cozy and inviting when there is a vase of flowers. It adds vibrant and colors to the room.
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