#FBF: Taking care of Tulips, everyday!

by | Apr 29, 2016 | Gardening, Tutorials | 1 comment

Taking care of Tulips, everyday!
Originally Posted: May 7, 2014


Tulips, as well as being one of my most beloved flowers, are the ultimate harbingers of Spring-time weather. Although my local corner store has tulips 10 out of 12 months of the year (through what can only be some sort of mystic seasonal portal), now is the time when every homebody can be seen primping a beautiful bouquet of these darling little buds.

I recently attended a few spring-themed gatherings and noticed that, although everyone loves tulips, not everyone is as obsessive compulsive about taking care of the cut blooms as I am. Alert to everyone in the entire world; take care of your tulips! There are a few very easy tips that will keep your blooms blooming for as long as possible.

When purchasing cut flowers (for any variety), look for a tight or young bloom, with the petals still closed or just barely opening. This will give you a lot more time with your flower babies when you bring them home. Although the appeal of the fully bloomed flower, in all of its budding glory, is tempting, those little guys have sat for a while and will rarely bring you as much satisfaction a few days later (when they are dead). After picking your favorites, if you are going to be a while, make sure you wrap damp cloths or paper towel around the cut stems. Tulips are exceptionally thirsty, and won’t thrive well without water for extended periods of time.

When ready, diagonally cut your stems, if possible under running water, and remove any unwanted leaves. If you want your stems to stay upright, chose a tall vase that doesn’t give the option for slouchy flowers (tough love, friends, tough love).  Tulips are straight-up mean girls and will not survive long if they are sharing a vase with any other blooms, especially those nerd daffodils.

The top three things to remember about tulips are:

1. Keep them out of the sun, and preferably in the coolest place possible. My mom always said to keep your tulips outside if your house is warm (aka. human temperatures).  Warm toes equal wilted tulips. You don’t have to keep your tulips outside, obviously, but be cognizant of the temperature surrounding your stems; an open window that receives a small amount of sunshine is a great place for continual growth.

2. As I stated earlier, tulips are thirsty stems.Make sure the water level is always on the up and up. Change your water once every one or two days, and cut the stems after every two days. This will help keep things f-r-e-s-h.

3. Tulips continue to grow after they are cut, which is why in a medium to short sized vase, your tulips will droop. They are not dead, just falling under the weight of their giant growing heads! If you’re not fan of the look, there are a few ways to salvage these blooms. Some swear by a copper penny in the water, or pricking a pin-hole right under neat the flower head for air flow. Or, you could take the easy method and trim the stems and re-vase your flowers in something a bit more supportive. If you are into the DIY lifestyle (hallo! of course you are), I have always thought these singular balloon vases would look great with wee little tulips.

What are your favorite Tulips?
Do you have any secret tulip saving techniques that you are dying to share?

P.S. I hope you started singing this song after you read the blog title.




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1 Comment

  1. Kerry Lewendon

    Yep, you’re right on about copper pennies in the water to keep stems straight! (I’ve been a florist since before they invented dirt) I love tulips too, especially the bicolour ones


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