Six tips to enjoy tulips for as long as possible

Tulips are one of the best-loved flowers. They are iconic eye-catchers that bring spring into our homes. But how do you make sure that you can enjoy these seasonal flowers for as long as possible? Here are six tips for you.

1. Fresh

It is best to buy tulips that show some colour but whose buds are still closed. If the buds are already open when you buy them, flowering has already been set in motion and there is a chance that you will enjoy them for less time. The freshest tulips are grown locally. So, it’s best to ask your vendor about their origin.

2. Transport

When you buy a beautiful bunch of tulips, make sure to have it wrapped properly in paper or newspaper. This protects the flowers and leaves from knocks and bumps. Paper wrapping will also protect the flowers against temperature differences between indoors and outdoors.

3. Newspaper

Before you display your tulips in a vase, carefully wrap them in newspaper. Put them in clean water and leave them in a cool spot for an hour. When you unwrap them afterwards, you will find that the stems have grown nicely firm and straight.

4. Cutting

Your tulips will have been out of water for a while after buying them, which may cause the bottom of the stems to dry out. Therefore, trim two centimetres off the bottom of the stems with a clean knife. Cutting them at an angle helps the flowers absorb water more easily.

5. A vase

Flowers are sensitive to bacteria. Therefore, clean your vase thoroughly with green soap and rinse with water. Fill the vase with fresh tap water at room temperature. Change the water regularly to keep it clear and clean.

6. The right spot

Once your tulips are shining in a beautiful vase, it’s important to pick the right spot to display them. This means avoiding direct sunlight and the vicinity of fruit. Fruit produces ethylene, a gas that makes flowers and leaves wilt more quickly.