Tulip Tulipa 'Juan' (13)

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


The Tulipa 'Juan' is a captivating variety of tulips, distinguished by its unique and striking appearance. The petals exhibit a deep, rich color, often perceived as a remarkable blend of warm hues that transition from the base to the tip. Starting with a bold crimson or deep cherry tone, a fine gradation carries the color towards the edges where it can sometimes lighten to a softer shade, potentially pinkish or even with hints of a sunset-orange. This tulip's shape forms the classic cup-like silhouette emblematic of its kind when in full bloom. The petals are known for being lustrous with a slightly waxy sheen catching the light, giving the blooms a sophisticated glow. The outer surfaces may be smooth or showcase a gentle sculpting resulting in an elegant contour. The petals usually come to a refined point, contributing to the overall graceful aesthetic of the flower. At the center of the bloom, the reproductive parts, including stamens and pistil, are often a contrasting shade, adding dimension and depth. The foliage accompanying these blooms is equally graceful, typically presenting as sword-shaped leaves, elongating from the base. These leaves often exhibit a rich, deep green color which provides a striking contrast against the vivid colors of the 'Juan' tulip flowers. Together, the blossoms and foliage combine to create a visually harmonious and appealing plant.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Juan Tulip

    • Common names

      Tulipa 'Juan'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as tulip can be toxic to humans if ingested. All parts of the tulip contain allergenic lactones and other potentially irritating substances. Eating tulip bulbs, in particular, can cause symptoms due to these compounds. If someone eats tulip bulbs, they might experience symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness. In severe cases, eating large quantities could potentially lead to more serious effects, such as difficulty breathing or cardiac issues, although such extreme reactions are rare. Generally, handling the plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some individuals. It is advisable to keep tulips out of the reach of children who might be tempted to eat them.

    • To pets

      Tulips are toxic to pets, with the bulb being the most poisonous part. If a pet, such as a dog or cat, ingests tulip bulbs, they could experience symptoms of poisoning. These symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and increased heart rate. In more severe cases, ingestion can lead to depression of the central nervous system, difficulty breathing, and even convulsions. It's essential to keep tulips out of reach of pets and to seek veterinary attention immediately if you suspect your pet has eaten any part of a tulip plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      3-6 inches (7-15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Tulipa 'Juan', also known as the Tulip, has a high ornamental value due to its vibrant, colorful flowers that can enhance the aesthetic appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Economic Importance: Tulips are commercially grown for cut flowers and bulbs, contributing to the economy of regions specialized in floriculture.
    • Seasonal Interest: Tulips mark the arrival of spring and provide seasonal interest with their early blooms in gardens and outdoor spaces.
    • Pollinator Attraction: While they are not the top choice for bees, tulips can attract pollinators such as certain bees and butterflies to gardens, aiding in the pollination of other plants.
    • Breeding and Hybridization: Tulip 'Juan' can be used in breeding programs to develop new varieties with desirable traits such as color, form, and disease resistance.
    • Cultural Significance: Tulips have a rich cultural history and are often associated with festivals and events, including the famous Tulip festivals in different parts of the world.
    • Education and Research: Tulips like 'Juan' are used in educational programs and botanical research to study plant growth, development, and genetics.
    • Psychological Benefits: The bright and cheerful appearance of tulips can lift spirits and contribute to emotional well-being and stress reduction.

  • 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 as natural food coloring: Tulip 'Juan' petals can be used to impart color to foods, providing a reddish or pinkish hue to dishes and pastries.
    • Tulip bulb flour: In times of scarcity, the bulbs of the Tulip 'Juan' can be dried and ground to create a flour substitute for baking.
    • Eco-friendly dye for fabrics: The vibrant colors of Tulip 'Juan' petals can be used to dye textiles in a sustainable way, without using harsh chemicals.
    • Plant-based inks: The pigments from Tulip 'Juan' petals can be used in the creation of natural inks for art and writing purposes.
    • Biodegradable confetti: Dried petals of the Tulip 'Juan' can be used as a biodegradable alternative to traditional paper or plastic confetti at events.
    • Floral water infusions: Petals of the Tulip 'Juan' can be infused in water to create subtly flavored and scented refreshments or for use in cosmetics.
    • Natural potpourri: The dried petals and bulbs of Tulip 'Juan' can contribute to a fragrant potpourri mix for freshening indoor spaces.
    • Garnishes for plating: Fresh Tulip 'Juan' petals can be used as edible garnishes to add a splash of color to gourmet dishes.
    • Photographic subject: The unique characteristics of the Tulip 'Juan' make it a sought-after subject for botanical photography and illustration.
    • Floral crafts: The Tulip 'Juan' can be used in craft projects such as flower pressing, creating botanical jewelry, or ornamental decorations.

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 'Juan' tulip, like other tulips, often symbolizes perfect or deep love, reflecting the idealized emotion in stories and legends.
    • Declaration of Love: Giving a 'Juan' tulip to someone is traditionally seen as a declaration of one's love, often based on a Turkish legend where a prince named Farhad loved Shirin, and tulips grew from his droplets of blood after he died for her.
    • Royalty: Tulips historically were highly prized and sought after for their unique beauty, which often made them associated with wealth and royal status.
    • Fame & Eternal Life: Due to their bold and vibrant petals, 'Juan' tulips and tulips, in general, can represent one's quest for fame or the idea of eternal life, as they re-emerge each year with renewed vigor.
    • Rebirth: Because they are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, 'Juan' tulips signify rebirth and a variety of springtime themes - a revival of nature or personal growth.
    • Charity: In the Victorian language of flowers, tulips, including the 'Juan' variant, represent charity, where the flower's bold presence embodies the spirit of giving and generosity.

Every 1-2 weeks
5000 - 2500 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Tulips require moderate watering, especially during their growth in the spring. Water tulips once a week with about 1 inch of water, which is roughly equivalent to half a gallon per square foot of soil. During the active growth period, they may need watering every few days if the weather is particularly dry. In the fall, when tulips are dormant, they should not be watered, as excess moisture can cause the bulbs to rot. Be vigilant not to overwater, as tulips are prone to fungal diseases when kept too wet.

  • sunLight

    Tulips, including the 'Juan' variety, thrive in full sunlight. They perform best when they receive at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Choose a spot in the garden that is not shaded by trees or buildings to ensure your tulips get adequate light for optimal growth and flower production.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tulips require a period of cold dormancy; they grow best if they experience winter temperatures between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The 'Juan' tulip can survive winter temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but should be planted in an area that is protected from extreme cold to avoid damage to the bulbs. The ideal spring growing temperature for tulips is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit for healthy foliage and flower development.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning tulips is primarily about removing spent flowers and yellowing leaves once they have finished blooming. Deadheading the tulips after flowers fade will prevent seed production, which consumes energy that could go into bulb growth. Prune the foliage only after it has turned yellow and died back naturally. Annually pruning tulips in this manner helps to redirect energy into the bulbs for the next year's growth.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tulips require well-draining soil enriched with compost or organic matter. A suitable soil mix for Tulipa 'Juan' should be sandy or loamy with a neutral to slightly acidic pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Perfect soil would be a mix of two-thirds garden soil and one-third river sand or perlite to ensure adequate drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Tulipa 'Juan', commonly known as tulips, are perennial bulb plants and do not require frequent repotting. Instead of repotting, tulip bulbs should be lifted and divided every 3 to 5 years, when they become overcrowded or when bulb performance begins to decline.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tulips, often recognized for their hardiness, do not require high humidity levels. Average ambient humidity will suffice, as they are adapted to the temperate climates where the air is not overly moist. Therefore, typical outdoor humidity conditions are generally acceptable for Tulipa 'Juan'.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright indirect light, cool temperatures, and good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant bulbs in autumn in well-draining soil with full or partial sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Tulipa 'Juan', commonly known as Tulip 'Juan', begins its life cycle as a bulb that lies dormant underground during the winter. With the arrival of spring, temperature increases stimulate growth, and the bulb sends up shoots that develop into stems and leaves. The plant then flowers, typically producing a single, brightly colored blossom per stem, which attracts pollinators such as bees. After pollination, the flower fades, and the plant forms a seed capsule if fertilization occurs. During the summer, the foliage and stem wither, and the plant goes back into dormancy as a bulb, replenishing its energy for the next growing season. Each year, this cycle repeats, with the bulb potentially producing offsets that can grow into new plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Tulipa 'Juan', commonly known as Tulip 'Juan', is best propagated by dividing the bulbs. The ideal time for this method is in the fall, once the foliage has died back and the bulbs have gone dormant. To propagate, carefully dig up the bulbs and gently separate the offsets, which are the smaller bulbs attached to the base of the mother bulb. These offsets can be replanted immediately at a depth of about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) with the pointed end facing upwards. Keep the soil at the planting site well-drained and the location sunny to encourage healthy growth and bloom in the following spring.