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How to Care for Cut Tulips to make them last longer

Written by Sarah Talbot

How to Care for Cut Tulips

As a lover of tulips, you probably know that these beautiful blooms can brighten up any room with their vibrant colours and delicate petals. But did you know that caring for cut tulips properly can help keep them looking fresh for longer? Here are a five tips for keeping your tulips in tip-top shape!

1. Choose the Right Vase for Tulips

When it comes to caring for cut tulips, the right vase is crucial. Opt for a vase that is taller than the tulips, as this will help keep them upright and prevent the petals from drooping. A tall vase will provide the necessary support for the stems, which can get heavy as the tulips drink water. This will also ensure that the tulips don’t become weighed down by the water, causing them to droop and lose their beauty.

Cut Tulips in a tall vase by  Kim van Vuuren

Additionally, it’s best to choose a vase with a narrow opening. This will keep the stems from spreading out and becoming tangled, which can cause the tulips to lose their shape. A vase with a narrow opening will also make it easier for you to change the water regularly, which is important for keeping the tulips fresh.

How to arrange tulips in a short vase

If you're working with a short vase, try adding a few rocks or pebbles to the bottom to support the stems. You can also arrange the tulips in such a way that they provide support to each other. This will help keep the tulips looking neat and tidy.

2. Cut the Tulip Stems

Before placing the tulips in the vase, make sure to cut the stems at an angle. This will help the tulips take in more water and stay fresh.

Cutting tulips at an angle by Amina Filkins

An angled cut will also prevent the tulips from sitting flat on the bottom of the vase, which can prevent water from reaching the bottom of the stems and causing the tulips to wilt.

Use sharp scissors or a knife to cut about an inch off the bottom of each stem. The fresh cut will create a larger surface area for the tulips to drink water from, keeping them hydrated and fresh.

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3. Add Water and Flower Food

Fill the vase with warm water and add a packet of flower food. Make sure to follow the instructions on the packet, as too much or too little flower food can harm the tulips. Flower food contains nutrients that the tulips need to thrive, including sugar and minerals that will help them grow and stay fresh.

If you don't have flower food, you can add a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of lemon juice to the water instead. The sugar will provide energy for the tulips, and the lemon juice will help keep the water fresh by inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

4. Keep the Tulips Cool

hand holding a cut tulip

Tulips don't like to be too warm, so it's important to keep them in a cool room. If you're placing them in a sunny room, make sure to keep the curtains or blinds closed to keep the heat out. Tulips are sensitive to heat, and excessive heat can cause them to wilt and lose their beauty quickly.

If you're worried about the tulips being too warm, you can also place a small fan near the vase to keep them cool. This will provide a gentle breeze that will help keep the tulips fresh and prevent them from overheating.

5. Change the Water Regularly

Tulips are sensitive to bacteria, so it's important to change the water every few days. This will help keep the water fresh and prevent bacteria from growing. Bacteria can cause the tulips to wilt and rot, so it's essential to keep the water clean. If you notice the water becoming cloudy or discolored, change it immediately.

When changing the water, make sure to clean the vase thoroughly to remove any bacteria that may have accumulated. Use mild soap and warm water, and be sure to rinse the vase thoroughly to remove any soap residue.

It's important to keep an eye on the tulips to make sure they're staying fresh. Check the water level daily and add more as needed. If you notice any stems becoming yellow or wilted, remove them immediately. This will prevent the yellow or wilted stems from affecting the other tulips in the vase.

It's also a good idea to turn the vase regularly, so that all the tulips get an equal amount of sunlight. This will help keep the tulips growing and prevent them from leaning towards one side.

In conclusion, caring for cut tulips is simple but important. With the right vase, a fresh cut, clean water, and a cool environment, your tulips will stay fresh and beautiful for days to come. So, go ahead and enjoy the beauty of these stunning blooms!  If you're still unsure about what to look for when shopping for flowers despite all the tips and useful information provided, you can refer to My Express Flowers for assistance.

To grow your own tulips next year check out our Guide to planting Spring Bulbs here.



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