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Article: The First Europeans To Grow Tulips

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The First Europeans To Grow Tulips

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Historians speculate that the first Tulip to have flowered in Europe was in the garden of French explorer Pierre Belon in the mid-1550s. He started his garden near Le Mans in 1540 and published Les Observations de Plusieurs Singularitiés in 1553. In this book he describes 'Lils rouges' - most likely red Tulips - in abundance.

Another potential candidate for first European Tulip is Johann Heinrich Herward, a councilor in Augsburg, Bavaria. Swiss botanist and physician Conrad Gesner visited his garden in April of 1559 and wrote about seeing a 'beautiful red flower' in his book De Hortis Germaniae.

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Digging Up Bulbs After Blooming

Whether or not one should dig up Tulip bulbs after they bloom depends on both the climate zone in which they are grown as well as personal preference. Tulips can perennialize well in zones 3-8, b...

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Will Tulips Return Every Year?

Tulips can be planted for perennializing. While they typically return, even with proper steps this is never guaranteed. Climate is the biggest factor - Tulips originated in regions with cold wint...

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