When you think of spring flowers full of life and tenderness, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the tulip. Tulip won the hearts of gardeners all over the world a long time ago, and it's no wonder. In this blog, we will tell you the history of tulips, the rules of their care, and introduce different types and their purpose.
The origin of tulips is associated with the mountainous regions of Central Asia, more specifically the Pamir and Tien-Shan regions. It is believed that wild tulip species appeared here 10-20 million years ago. The cultivation of tulips started in Persia, around the 10th century. Early cultivars most likely arose in gardens because of hybridization with other wild plants, which gardeners used to improve size or quality.
In Persian poetry and art, tulips had various meanings, often representing abundance and the perfect lover. In one of the exotic stories of Persian folklore dating back to the 6th century, it is said that tulips sprang from the blood of Farhad and Shireen, who loved each other but were not destined to be together.
Farhad, a humble stone cutter, adored Princess Shirin and wished to win her heart. But she wouldn't even see him. Farhad took his flute to the hills and composed wonderful music in honor of Princess Shirin. He fasted while pining for his love, and the villagers quickly made him the talk of the town. They saw Farhad's suffering and felt sorry for him, so they planned for the two to meet. Princess Shirin was escorted into the mountain forest by her courtesan, and she fell in love when she met Farhad and heard his music.