Nothing beats the sight of fresh tulips all bundled up together. Tulips are one of the most beautiful types of flowers to come into existence. However, you should know that fresh tulips do not just appear as exceptional as they on their own. Certainly, they also receive a fair share of help from people who handle them. If you are interested in knowing how to properly handle and manage fresh tulips then knowing a few tricks should help.


Tulips would normally continue blooming even after they have been cut up to an inch. If you need to cut tulips from your set of flowers in the garden and make a bouquet of fresh tulips then you only need to take note of a few steps to extend the bouquet’s life and make sure that the flower continues to have colorful blooms for a couple of days. Remember that the most important factor in dealing with fresh tulips is to ensure that the flowers get plenty of clear and fresh water.

Handling Tips

When dealing with fresh tulips, you should know where to put them and how to properly prepare them. Initially, get a vase and then clean it with soapy and warm water. Make sure to scrub the vase clean. If the vase is extremely soiled or if it has areas which are hard to reach then it is best to soak the vase in water for a certain period of time. Soaking solution includes 1 part bleach and 10

parts water. Use a brush to scrub reachable areas.

Make sure to wash the vase several times in order to get rid of all the bleach and soap used. Check for any soapy remains. Any bleach or soap remnants may not be ideal for the fresh tulips. Next step involves cutting the tulips.

It is best to cut the tulips during the morning. This is because the tulips are well-hydrated and the temperature is still cool. This will also make the tulips live longer. Place the freshly cut tulips in a bucket or jar water to make sure they stay as fresh as they can be. This would also make sure that the tulips are in good condition as you get ready to transfer them into the vase. If the tulips came from a florist, then see to it that you remove any paper or cellophane wrapping.

The wrapping can only degrade the quality of freshness of the flowers.

Take out the tulips from the wrap or the bucket of water and then wash them with lukewarm running water. Make sure to hold each stem under the water for quite some time. Get a sharp knife and cut around 1 inch of stem. See to it that the cut is made at an angle. When tulip stems are cut at an angle, you can create more surface area allowing the flowers to better consume or absorb water.

Positioning or soaking the stem underwater while doing the cut helps get rid of the tiny air bubbles. Tiny air bubbles should be avoided as much as possible because they can prevent water from entering stem and can eventually die out the tulips. Prepare the vase and fill it with cool water. If you want to better preserve the fresh tulips, get a packet of floral preservative and add that to the water in the vase.

Check for any leaves and get rid of them. Transfer the tulips instantly into the vase. After every few days, around 3 to 4 days, make sure to cut 1 inch from the bottom of the tulip. You can also make the cut if the water starts to appear brackish. Never do the cut without holding the stem underwater. Always change the water after a few days. A new packet of floral preservative should also be added every time the water is changed.

Take note of these tips and you should do fine with fresh tulips.

Whatever the season, the greenhouse industry has can always make sure that it is spring in our homes. It is quite easy to fool tulips and other spring flowers into blooming early indoors.

The cut fresh tulips you find at your florist are usualy "forced" tulips. Forced tulips are grown in greenhouses and have been subjest to special temperature treatments to confuse the biological clocks of the flowers and to therefore force them to bloom on a different cycle than they otherwise would if they were grown normally outdoors. This emthod also allows growers to produce flowers that are of uniform height and quality.

When properly cared for, cut fresh tulips should stay fresh in a vase of water for around seven to ten days. For longer lasting tulips, you should recut the stems when you first get them home. To do this propoerly, lay the bouquet out on its wrapping paper or newspaper, and then cut the stems diagonally, so that you remove about a half inch of the stem.

Then, rewrap the bouquet in some paper by making a cone shape and do so that the tulips are standing straight upright. The tops of the tulips should not extend over or above the top of the paper although you should wrap the bunch so that a few inches of the stems stick out. Then place the wrapped bouquet in water again for another hour or two, making sure the paper is above the water line. If any of your tulips start to droop, just use a pin to poke a hole beneath flower head -this will allow the air to escape and water to move up the stem. 

Recut the stems this time to the desired length before rearranging. Again you should make a diagonal cut. Fill your vase with water and add some floral preservative--a powdery mix of plant food and bacteria inhibitors available at all floral shops these days. Whilst some people believe that adding a dash of carbonated lemon-lime soft drink, a teaspoon of sugar, or even a bit of bleach to the water will help to extend the life of your cut flowers, none of these remedies are nearly as effective as the commercial cut flower food.

As a general rule, the bouquet should be about one and a half times the height of the vase they are contained in. Fresh tulips tend to work very well in tall, straight vases.

Did you know that tulips actually continue to grow after being cut? They do - up to an inch or more. They will also conform to the shape of the container - straight up if they are in a tall container, and twisting to fit into a flat or irregularly shaped vase.

When done, place the bouquet out of direct sun and away from any heating vents or drafts. Be sure to top off the water level daily to keep arrangement fresh.

Did you know also that when buying tulips, men preferred to buy (iIn order of preference) red, yellow, pale pink, hot pink, white, and purple tulips. Women however tended towards pale pink, pale purple, hot pink, peach, red, and yellow. Something perhaps to consider when buying a bouquet of tulips for your special friend!

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