I love, love, love tulips
While I appreciate the charm of a drooping, swinging tulip I know many prefer their tulips not to droop (and in many arrangements they look better standing tall) so I thought I’d share some tips to care for tulips in a vase, keep tulips from drooping and make cut tulips last!
Your tulips will arrive in cellophane wrap. Pop them in a tall supporting vase and leave them there wrapped, for 5 hours or overnight. Conditioning the stems in this way allows them to fill with water while maintaining that upright position and making it more likely they will stand upright longer.
When displaying tulips in a vase, choosing the right vase can make a big difference in whether they will droop or not. Choose a vase that is tall enough to offer the tulips support. Avoid vases that curve outward at the top if you want your tulips to stay upright. As you can see below, if you use a wide topped vase the tulips will follow that arch. Fill your vase with clean cold water.
Recut the stems at least an inch from the previous cut while holding underwater. Remove all leaves that will be under the waterline in your vase and put in the vase while still in the florist wrap, this will offer support to your tulips as they “drink” up the water the first few hours.
Allow your tulips to remain the vase, wrapped, for 5 hours or overnight. Conditioning the stems in this way allows them to fill with water while maintaining that upright position and making it more likely they will stand upright longer. We will include some floral wire stems with your delivery.
Keep your tulips out of direct sunlight (they will turn towards the sun!) and change the water daily. Snip the stems every 3 days to help them continue to keep fresh.