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Learn what the different colors of the tulip flower mean.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The meaning of 5 of our favorite tulip flower colors: Pink, red, white, yellow, and purple
  • Links to buy your own tulip bulbs or live tulip plants.

Learn what the different colors of the tulip flower mean.

For decades, people have equated specific flower colors with certain emotions or feelings, such as happiness, love, or forgiveness.

Tulips are no different.

Tulip colors, which come in almost every hue you can think of, are one of the most popular expressions of love in the world.


In our DIY Garden Minute Ep. 67 – “Tulip Flower Colors” we’ll explain 5 of the most common tulip colors and the specific meaning behind each.

This episode is meant for any level of gardener who wants to learn more about tulips.

(By the way, this post contains affiliate links. That means that if you click on any of the links we are promoting, we might get a small commission at no cost to you which helps us run our website and podcast).

Tulip Flower Colors

Tulips come in almost every color imaginable, from yellow to purple to multi-colored. There are even black-colored tulips!

If you are looking to plant specific tulips based on their significance or if you’re looking to gift a bouquet of tulips (or tulip bulbs) to someone special, it would be most helpful to make sure you are using the correct tulip color for the correct occasion.

Like most of your favorite flowers, the different colors of tulips symbolize different things.

In this podcast, we’ll explain the meanings of the following flower colors:

  • Pink
  • Red
  • White
  • Yellow
  • Purple

Listen to this podcast find out what each color symbolizes.

Furthermore, depending on your preference for size, shape, or color of tulip, you can find just about any kind of tulip you want.

We’ve linked several options below for you to choose from.

By the way, did you know there are 14 different types of tulips to choose from? They differ by flower form, size, bloom time, and stem length!

How To Plant Tulips

Bulbs should always be planted in the fall before the threat of the first frost. The month may vary depending on where you live.

When selecting your tulips, consider their flowering times, their suitability for borders, or containers.

Finally, select your bulbs carefully and only plant healthy bulbs. Inspect bulbs for moldy areas or other signs of damage, like bulb skin discoloration, before planting them in the ground.

Tulip Planting Steps:

  1. Plant bulbs at least twice the bulb’s width apart (about 4-6 inches)
  2. Plant at a depth of two or three times the bulb’s height (about 5-6 inches)
  3. Place the bulbs with the pointy end facing up
  4. For the soil, make sure you place them in sandy, well-drained soil
  5. Make sure they will have good sun exposure as they prefer full sun
  6. Water them well after planting

After they have flowered, wait until the entire plant has started to turn from healthy green to gray or brown, where it has turned brown all the way to the ground.

THEN you can cut all the brown plant pieces away and dispose in your yard waste bin or compost.

Just like for Daffodils, do it this way so each tulip bulb can go through its flowering cycle and then move all the nutrients and energies from its leaves back down to the bulb.

If you don’t do this you run a high risk of literally starving each bulb and there will be little to no spreading or adding of more bulbs underground for next year.

Also, you can cover the bulb area with 2-3 inches of mulch to keep it protected, healthy, and warm during the off-season.

Tulips For Sale

Now it’s time to pick out your own tulip bulbs to plant next fall or live tulips to place in your home now!

The best part is there are so many beautiful colors, shapes, and sizes available.

Below, we have both bulbs and live tulip plants for you to choose from depending on the color you prefer.

The gorgeous selection of bulbs come from Eden Brothers which we recommend. The bulbs are on pre-sale now and will ship in Fall 2019.

Our beautiful selection of live tulips come from Amazon and are all prime shipping so you can receive them quickly!


Pink Tulips

This tulip color is used to symbolize happiness and confidence.


Red Tulips

The symbol of perfect love.


White Tulips

Used to signify forgiveness.


Yellow Tulips

This tulip color represents cheerful, sunny thoughts.


Purple Tulips

Used to represent royalty.

Or, if you need to shop for other garden plants for this spring, click the link below.

Click here for the most up to date deals and plants on Amazon!


Tulip Flowers Conclusion

Whether you are looking for a tulip to convey a specific emotion or just to match a favorite color, you’re in luck because tulips come in pretty much every shade of the rainbow.

With your new knowledge and our tulip links above, you can easily gift the perfect tulip to that someone special.

Now we want to hear from you!

Which tulips above would you be interested in learning more about or planting in your yard?

Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!


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