Tulip Tulipa 'Demeter' (3)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
tulip 'Demeter'


Tulipa 'Demeter', commonly known as the tulip, is a flowering plant that boasts distinctive and striking bloom characteristics. The flower petals exhibit a rich, velvety appearance, most often found in deep, saturated hues that can range from blush pinks to bold reds, often with gradients or streaks that add to their visual appeal. The petals typically have a smooth, almost waxy sheen and may show a slight curl at the edges, which gives the blooms their characteristic cupped or goblet-shaped form. The tulip's leaves are generally broad and strappy, presenting a lush green color that contrasts beautifully with the vivid tones of the petals. These leaves are sometimes arranged in a rosette at the base of the plant, cradling the stem that rises to support the solitary bloom. The overall appearance of the tulip 'Demeter' is one of classic elegance and is a popular choice for gardens and floral arrangements due to its timeless beauty.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Demeter Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Demeter'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Tulipa 'Demeter' (3), commonly known as the Tulip, has parts that are considered toxic when ingested by humans. The bulb is the most toxic part and contains compounds like glycosides and alkaloids that can cause symptoms if eaten. Symptoms of tulip poisoning may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and irritation of the mouth and throat. In severe cases, ingesting tulip bulbs can lead to increased heart rate and difficulty breathing which may require medical attention.

    • To pets

      Tulipa 'Demeter' (3), known simply as the Tulip, is toxic to pets, especially dogs and cats. The bulb of the tulip contains compounds that can be poisonous when ingested, leading to symptoms such as gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, and central nervous system depression. In severe cases, ingestion of tulip bulbs can result in cardiac abnormalities and convulsions. If a pet consumes any part of a tulip, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      4-6 inches (10-15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances Garden Aesthetics: Tulips add vibrant color and beauty to any garden space during their blooming season.
    • Easy to Grow: With basic care, tulips are relatively easy for gardeners of all skill levels to cultivate.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Tulips attract bees and other pollinators which are vital for the pollination of plants and the health of the ecosystem.
    • Seasonal Interest: With their spring blooming, tulips provide early color in gardens after the winter season.
    • Versatility in Landscape Design: Tulips work well in a variety of garden designs, including borders, pots, and as cut flowers for arrangements.
    • Symbolic Flower: Tulips are often associated with love and cheerfulness, making them a meaningful addition to any landscape.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Tulip petals can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, giving them a soft pink to deep red color depending on the concentration and processing method used.
    • The bulbs of tulips can serve as a replacement for onions in recipes when cooked, providing a slightly different flavor profile to dishes.
    • Crushed tulip petals can be added to homemade soaps for both their color and mild fragrant properties, adding a unique twist to bathing essentials.
    • Tulipi 'Demeter' can be used in floral art and pressing, as their distinctive shape and coloration create eye-catching patterns in pressed flower arrangements.
    • The sturdy stems can be incorporated into natural weaving projects to create decorative items such as wreaths or small baskets.
    • Petal confetti made from tulips can serve as a biodegradable alternative to traditional paper confetti at celebrations, reducing environmental impact.
    • During blooming season, the bright colors of tulips can be used in color therapy practices to provide visual stimulation designed to influence emotions and moods.
    • When planted in outdoor mazes or as part of a garden puzzle design, tulips can add a seasonal touch that enhances the aesthetic and challenge of the landscape.
    • Tulips can act as a pest control alley crop in gardens; their presence can deter certain rodents that may otherwise disturb vegetable beds.
    • Used in photography, a field of tulips provides a stunning, vibrant backdrop or subject for professional and amateur photographers alike seeking natural beauty.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Tulip is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Tulip is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Perfect Love: The tulip, specifically the 'Demeter' cultivar, symbolizes perfect love, reflecting the deep, enduring affection between partners and hinting at the mythological connection to Demeter, the goddess of harvest and fertility.
    • Eternal Life: As a spring blooming flower, tulips are often associated with rebirth and eternal life, symbolizing the cycle of life and the potential for renewal.
    • Royalty: The rich and often vibrant colors of tulips, including those of the 'Demeter' variety, can signify royalty and a sense of majesty, making them a flower fit for kings and queens.
    • Wealth and Prosperity: In the 17th century, tulips were incredibly valuable during the period known as "Tulip Mania" in Holland, leading to their association with wealth and prosperity.
    • Fame: Its standout appearance can be linked to the idea of fame or being in the spotlight, as the tulip captivates attention with its beauty.
    • Charity: 'Demeter', named after the Greek goddess, can carry the symbolism of generosity and nurturing, as Demeter was known for her role in agriculture and the sustenance of mankind.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Tulip 'Demeter' requires moderate watering, as overwatering can lead to bulb rot. It should be watered about once a week, with more frequent watering during the active growth phase in the spring. The amount of water should be approximately 1 gallon per square yard per week, depending on soil conditions and climate. During the dormant phase after the flowers have faded, watering should be reduced significantly to allow the soil to dry out and the bulbs to go into a rest period. It is essential to provide adequate drainage to prevent water from pooling around the bulbs.

  • sunLight

    Tulip 'Demeter' thrives best in full sunlight, receiving at least 6 to 8 hours of direct light daily. The ideal spot for growing this tulip would be in an area that is exposed to plenty of morning sunlight and is sheltered from the intense afternoon sun, especially in hotter climates. Consider planting the bulbs in an area free from shadows cast by trees, walls, or buildings to ensure they receive adequate sunlight throughout the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tulips 'Demeter' have a tolerance for cold and can survive winter temperatures as low as 20°F, but should not be exposed to prolonged temperatures below this threshold to avoid damage to the bulbs. The ideal temperature range for tulips is between 35°F and 70°F, which promotes healthy growth and flowering. Extended exposure to temperatures above 70°F after flowering can inhibit bulb replenishment, so it's advisable to provide some shade or cool conditions during the hottest part of the year.

  • scissorsPruning

    Tulip 'Demeter' does not require significant pruning, but deadheading, the process of removing spent flowers, is beneficial for the plant. Deadhead the tulips once the flowers have faded and turned yellow to direct the plant's energy towards the bulb rather than seed production. The leaves should be left intact until they die back naturally, as they provide essential nutrients for the bulb for the next growth cycle. Pruning is generally done after blooming, every year, to help maintain healthy bulbs and prepare for the next growing season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Tulip 'Demeter' thrives in well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. A mixture of loamy garden soil, compost, and sand or perlite to improve drainage makes the best soil mix. To provide optimal growth, ensure that the soil is rich in organic matter.

  • plantRepotting

    Tulips, in general, are not typically 'repotted' as they grow from bulbs. The bulbs of Tulip 'Demeter' should be lifted and divided every 3 to 5 years, preferably once the foliage has died back after blooming and in the fall before the new growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tulip 'Demeter' prefers outdoor conditions where humidity is naturally regulated. Average outdoor humidity is ideal; tulips do not require specific humidity adjustments and are tolerant of a range of humidity levels as long as proper soil moisture and drainage are maintained.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with cool temps and good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in fall, full sun to partial shade, in well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Tulip 'Demeter' (3) begins with the planting of the bulb in autumn, as it requires a period of cold dormancy to initiate growth. In spring, the bulb breaks dormancy and sprouts, producing stems, leaves, and eventually a characteristic flower. After flowering, the plant enters a period of energy accumulation, where the leaves photosynthesize to replenish the bulb's energy reserves. Once the leaves yellow and die back in late spring or early summer, the plant goes into dormancy during the hotter months. The bulb may split to produce offsets, which can be separated and planted to propagate new plants. The cycle restarts with the next period of cool temperatures, allowing the bulb to break dormancy again.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The Tulipa 'Demeter', commonly known as the Demeter tulip, is typically propagated through the division of its bulbs, a process that occurs in the fall. After the foliage of the tulip has died back and the plant is dormant, usually from late September to October, the bulbs can be gently lifted from the soil. Carefully separating the smaller offset bulbs from the parent bulb is crucial, making sure each has a portion of the basal plate, which is essential for producing roots and foliage. These offsets can then be immediately replanted about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) apart and about 8 inches (20 cm) deep, depending on the size, in well-drained soil with good sun exposure, where they will overwinter before emerging as new plants in the spring.