Demand for tulips on the rise in Bengaluru
MYSURU: Immortalised by poets and writers ranging from William Shakespeare to Gertrude Stein, the rose has always remained a symbol rich in meaning and symbolism, and it has remained for long the first choice of those wishing to express themselves wordlessly to grab one. However, more recently, many Mysureans appear to be opting for the bulb-like tulips – the spring flowers of the Netherlands – for many special occasions.
While rose remains the preferred flower to stuff bouquets with, tulips too appear to be gaining in popularity. Of the 17 florist shops in Mysuru, tulips are being sold only at Sri Chikkanna Swamy Flowers Shop on Valmiki Road.
C Chikkanna, owner of the shop, said that he had noticed a marked increase in the number of people asking for tulips in Mysuru. “The bright coloured bulbs of the tulips appear to excite the customers. Like roses, tulips can also be used to express romantic feelings. Tulips arrive in buds. It’s the only flower we purchase from another country, since we get the remaining ones from local dealers in Bengaluru,” said Chikkanna.
He said that he ordered tulips online only on demand. One bundle of tulips contains 20 pieces, and each flower costs around Rs 200. Chikkanna said that he placed orders for tulips only when there was a demand for a minimum of ten flowers for a bouquet. “It takes nearly a week for the flowers to get delivered once the order is placed online. These elegant flowers last for nearly 15 days. A customer recently bought 40 tulips,” he said.
Basavaraj, co-owner of the Chikkanna Flower Shop, too said that tulips were gaining in popularity in Mysuru. “We are receiving at least ten orders every month for tulips from customers, who are buying them to celebrate various ceremonies,” he added.
Believed to have originated in the Middle East, tulips became immensely popular in the Netherlands. In Mysuru, florists are putting together a bouquet along with the flowering perennial plant ‘agapanthus’ found in Europe, Africa and west Asia, and ‘Gerbera’ that is cultivated in the tropical regions in South America, and lilies.