Keep Your Tulips Looking Their Best

Tulips are colorful, graceful and elegant flowers.  Unlike many flowers, tulips continue to grow up to an inch a day after cutting. Tulips are also very responsive to sunlight.  They turn themselves towards light sources around them, hoping to be seen by pollinators.  This is why tulips move more than other flowers and can get a little droopy.  

Here are some steps that you can take to keep tulips looking their best:

Proper Hydration

Fresh cut tulips should drink for a minimum of 4 hours in their original packaging (plastic or paper wrap) in a cool environment. Refresh your vase with clean water every few days and re-trim your stems 1/2” each time. 

Diffused Light 

Tulips naturally seek light and will crane and bend toward the source. Find a spot for your vase out of direct sunlight or rotate the vase regularly to avoid phototropic droop. Direct sunlight significantly reduces the vase-life of all cut flowers. 

Stem Support

Arrange tulips in a taller, narrower vase. A supportive vase will help inhibit bending.

A Fresh Cut

Tulips continue to grow after they have been cut, contributing to droop. Regularly trim the stems and remove excess leaves. Once trimmed, change the water. Wrap the stems with paper for a few hours after a fresh cut to keep them straight and to stiffen the stems.                                                             

Pink Tulips Wrapped in Paper

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