Today I have great tips about care for cut tulips! The tulips in an Eary Spring Vignette lasted almost two weeks with some practical care!!! I love tulips and if you do too you are in good company. So let’s keep them as long as possible! With just a few tips you can keep tulips pretty for longer than you think!!!
Tulips can last a really long time when they are cared for properly and today I’m going to share my top tips to keeping tulips fresh so they last as long as possible.
During the period in history called “tulip mania” around 1637 one single tulip bulb sold for 10 times the annual salary of a skilled craftsman. Wow! I can get a dozen cut tulips for under $8.00 at my local grocer’s! Today let’s enjoy keep these glorious cut tulips longer! I’ll show you how!
Fun Fact… Tulips continue to grow even after they have been cut!
When you are shopping for tulips, purchase bunches that are not fully open yet. In fact, pick the tulips that are tightly closed! Once they are opened, they have a limited vase life.
The image above shows tulips I bought that were tightly closed. They looked so graceful and pretty draped over the white pitcher! The next morning they were standing up straight!
I’ve also heard to put a couple ice cubes in the water to keep the tulips from opening. If you give this a try let me know how it works?
Add cold water to the vase and fill it 3/4 of the way up. Mix in flower food and dissolve the food completely.
If you are putting tulips in a big container like the urn above put the tulips in in a container suggested below and then put the container in the larger urn etc.
You will want to change the water in the vase at least every other day. Tulip water can get a bit slimy and bacteria filled. Changing the water will keep them healthy and will extend their lives. Also, if the vase looks a little discolored or if there is anything left on the vase when the water is emptied wash it before replacing the new water.
Before putting in the vase, hold the stems to the outside of the vase to determine how tall they should be. Trim each stem at that spot at a 45 degree angle. When you change the water every other day, give your stems another trim of about an inch. Cutting at an angle creates a straw effect and the flower can drink up the fresh water easily. Remove any leaves or foliage that is below the waterline also.
Avoid placing in direct sunlight or near heat. Tulips will grow toward sunlight and may bend a little when doing so. They are okay in indirect sunlight
When choosing a vase for your tulips, select one that is tall. Go with a vase that is at least half as tall as the flower stems.
As you cut the tulips down, you can go with a shorter vase over time. Be sure to wash your vase well before use to remove any bacteria before you arrange your tulips. Make sure all soap is rinsed out of the vase.
Place your arrangements in an area of your home that is free of drafts and not beside heaters, air conditioners, windows or stoves. Simple and easy, right?
Many people swear that adding a penny to tulip water will make them stand tall. After lots of research, the jury is still out. It’s the copper in pennies that keep them standing tall. Sadly, today’s pennies just don’t have enough copper!
What will help your tulips when they start to get a bit droopy is to stick a pin or a toothpick through the throat ( at the very top of the stem) of a tulip making a small hole. This releases air that gets trapped in the stem and allows water to be absorbed into the tulip. And often this will help revive your beautiful tulips.
Also, tulips continue to grow even when cut. I love the look of unruly, growing tulips! But if you are not a fan you can make a little slit in the throat of the tulip and it will stunt its growth. Fascinating, right?
Can you tell what color tulips I like? How about you? What color tulips are your favorite? And if you have any other caring for tulips tips let us know!
Come and see how to create an Easy Spring Vignette that features tulips!