Arranging tulips? Anyone can do it! It’s a good thing, too, since who doesn’t want to be cheered up by the most popular spring flower of all?
In full bloom
It’s no wonder that tulips are so popular as spring flowers. Their colorful blooms give us that wonderful feeling of spring. The tulip season starts in December, but January is when they’ll really be in full bloom. That’s when you can buy them in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes. Actually, anyone can arrange flowers using tulips because it’s really simple.
To enjoy the process, get everything organized first. You’ll need:
- A vase
- A sharp knife
- Cut flower food
Make sure that the vase is clean, fill it with water and add the cut flower food. Cut the tulip stems at an angle to the right length so that they come to at least halfway up the edge of the vase. Remove any leaves that would be below the surface of the water. Then arrange them as you like in the vase. This could be done in a more formal manner or, for a whimsical look, more casually. It all depends on what you like.
Tulip growers are up among the flowers at the crack of dawn to cut their lovingly produced bunches of super-fresh tulips just for you. The faster a bunch of tulips gets to your home after harvest, the fresher they will be and the longer you will enjoy them. The sleeve used to package the tulips often indicates the country where the tulips were produced. If not, you could ask the retailer about this.
Suit your own personal taste
The diversity provided by tulips is so great that everyone can find exactly what they want. Use them in one or several colors, arrange a great big bunch or just a few stems; pick the ones that make you smile. The kind of vase you put them in will enhance the look you want to create. What about a traditional ethnic look? Or an arrangement that’s bold, simple or harmonious? Get creative and then enjoy what you’ve made!
Tips & tricks
- Did you know that the word ‘tulip’ is derived from Tulipa, its Latin name? This means: the flower that looks like a turban.
- Remember that the stems of tulips can continue to grow in the vase.
- If your tulips appear limp because they went without water after you bought them, wrap the bunch in some newspaper and put it in the vase for a couple of hours before arranging it. When you remove the newspaper, the tulips will be standing up nice and tall.
- For large bouquets, add some branches to keep the tulips in the right place. This works well and also adds to the beauty of the bouquet.
- Replace the water often to keep the flowers attractive longer.
- Place the vase of tulips out of direct sunlight and not near a fruit bowl.