Although tulips are now associated with the Netherlands, they’re actually native to central Asia. However, when they were brought to Europe in the 16th century, this colorful blossom became wildly popular among Europeans.
This history has cemented the tulip’s place as one of the most popular and enjoyed flowers. Due to their springtime bloom as well as old Turkish folklore, tulips are associated with deep love, rebirth, and charity or greater good. Their beautiful springtime tones make the perfect addition to any colorful bouquet, and they have the ability to grow after being cut, making them a bit of a playful flower as it moves within the vase.
When you receive such a gorgeous flower in your bouquet, you want to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. Here’s how.
When you first receive your tulip bouquet…
Carefully take the flowers from the delivery box, and set the box aside for recycling. Using sharp shears or scissors, cut 1.5cm off of the end of each stem at a 45° angle to promote optimal water absorption. This is especially important for tulips, which love water.
To help keep the water clean and free from bacteria, remove all foliage that will appear below the water line.
Put cool water into a vase and mix in the flower food that was included with your bouquet. For tulips, you should consider choosing a taller vase. This will help keep the blooms upright even when the tulips naturally droop a bit.
Place your bouquet somewhere cool that’s near sunlight but out of the direct sun, perhaps near a window if you can. Cut tulips will move within their vase in order to seek the sun, so a tulip bouquet may be best enjoyed where you can watch your blooms open and close in order to absorb light.
Keep your mixed bouquet fresh
In order to keep your tulips fresh, you should conduct some regular care. Don’t worry, you won’t have to care for your bouquet every day. Simply check to make sure that the water is fresh and that your flowers look happy.
Every couple of days, snip a little bit more off of the end of each stem. This will help to encourage your flowers to absorb plenty of water.
Regularly change your water, and clear out any foliage that goes beneath the water line. This will help keep your water looking clean—which is aesthetically important if you’ve chosen a clear vase—but it also cleans out any bacteria that might accelerate wilting. You should also add flower food to the new water to provide energy.
To keep your bouquet looking fresh for as long as possible, clear out any flowers and foliage that starts to wilt. It’s natural that some blooms will perish before others, and cleaning those out will help your surviving flowers to stand out better.
Why are my tulips drooping?
Tulips tend to be more active than other cut flowers. They actually continue to grow in the vase, and you can see them seeking out sunlight; you may even notice that they bulbs open and close. While this makes them a fun, active flower to enjoy, it also means that you might be surprised at how your bouquet looks day to day.
As part of this playfulness, cut tulips will sometimes droop. This is not a sign that they are dead or dying but a natural part of what they tend to do. To avoid droopiness, simply choose a taller vase that will hold the flowers up even when their stems want to droop.
Because cut tulips continue to grow, make sure that you keep the ends trimmed so that the bouquet maintains a nice shape and so that the tulips don’t grow too far above the vase and begin to droop.
Or, simply embrace the droop. Tulips have a bit of a personality, and the droop and sun-seeking is part of the character of the flower.