The Christmas season is quickly becoming a distant memory, which means that spring is right around the corner. Many things come to mind when we think of spring: The snow disappearing; the days getting longer and sunset getting later; and of course, Spring Tulips! Their early arrival, vibrant colours, and unique patterns and textures create a sense of warmth that for many signifies the arrival of warmer weather.
Ever since TulipMania in 16th Century Holland, tulips have been known as one of the most versatile flowers available. Their varied colours and textures makes them useful for any occasion, which of course makes them popular with florists all over the world. Tulips are among the first flowers to bloom after the cold weather and have the ability to withstand the summer heat as well, and their hardy characteristics don't deter from their natural beauty. Their beautiful head and strong green stem allow florists to easily work them into arrangements or create tulip arrangements that stand on their own.
Historically, tulips were sought after by the very wealthy and powerful. In fact, their very presence in a home was considered a sign of luck, true love, fame, and wealth. Now much more affordable, many florists and customers favour tulips for their ability to bring style and elegance into any occasion without breaking bank. With many varietals to choose from, tulips are incredibly versatile; equally appropriate as part of a structured bouquet or a simple arrangement of stems in a clear vase. Because of their simple lines, tulips are often used by interior decorators to balance space in a room or create symmetry. They are also very popular for weddings, where they are used in centerpieces, bridal bouquets, and general decor.
While the tulip is a very hardy flower, nothing lasts forever! With the following tips however you can make sure their beauty lasts as long as possible:
Caring for Your Cut Tulips
1. Give them Space
Tulips don't like to be crowded. Ensure that the vase rises to at least half the height of the stems and is wide enough to allow for some stem movement and water circulation. This will reduce petal loss.
3. Mind the Stems
Tulips have the ability to grow upwards of 2 inches while they're in the vase, so take that into account when you cut them to your preferred length. Cut the stems on a 45-degree angle to create the maximum trimmed surface area. This will allow the stems to soak up as much water as possible, which will keep them firm and upright.
3. The Water Matters
Tulips are very thirsty and prefer cold, fresh water. Fill the vase three-quarters of the way and re-trim the stems and change the water every other day. Many people believe that adding a penny, lemon juice, a teaspoon or cane sugar, or some flower food will also keep them happy for longer.
4. Not Too Much Sun
Tulips grow and open in response to sunlight. You want to receive the tulips when the blooms are still closed with a stiff, slightly bent stem. A truly floppy tulip is never a good sign. Avoid placing them by a window or near a source of heat to keep them closed for longer. Once the blooms are open, tulips will wilt fairly quickly.
4. Some Neighbours are Better than Others
Though tulips are a versatile flowers in most bouquets, their colourful counterparts do matter. Some flowers, including daffodils and narcissus, will cause the tulips to wilt faster. Popular plants like kale, roses and hydrangea are safe partners for your tulips.
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