Tulip TimeMay 1st, 2013 at 12:38 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Entertainment, Weather
The first tulips came to The Netherlands in the mid-late 1500s and quickly became widely cultivated. A few of the most sought-after bulbs sold for the price of a house around 1635! Today there are over 100 species of tulips and 3,000 varieties. They come in most every color except bright blue. Some grow 4″ high and some grow to 28″. The tulip is the 3rd most popular flower in the world, after roses and mums. The Netherlands exports annually roughly 3 billion bulbs and 2 billion cut tulips. Dutch auction houses do about 300 million dollars in the trade of tulips each year. The tulips timing of this weeks warm-up means the tulips will be in near perfect bloom for Tulip Time in Holland MI this May 4-11.