Tulips are a personal favourite of ours when it comes to winter/springtime blooms, despite the fact that they are quite often considered the ‘misbehaved child’ of the flower world. There’s just something magical about a flower that can sprout from a bulb tucked beneath the surface, as if from nowhere, and present such a vibrant array of colour. An intriguing trait of the tulip is that they continue to grow even as a cut flower (sometimes up to 2cm per day), which is the main characteristic behind their unruly yet loveable nature.
However, this can be both a blessing and a burden (mainly a blessing).
In all of their wildness, the tulip is one of the most elegant and beautiful flowers out there – the way they bend and droop their heads shows a certain degree of grace, don’t you think? If, say, a rose was to slouch toward the ground as the tulip does it would come off as lazy and way past its prime, but the Tulip, in all their elegance, somehow gets away with this laziness scot-free while still managing to keep their refined appearance.
"quite often considered the ‘misbehaved child’ of the flower world"
Undoubtedly, this behaviour can cause some issues when using tulips and means that they are at times excluded from arrangements that are designed to stay perfectly in-shape. However this doesn’t discourage us flower lovers from manipulating and embracing their ever changing size and shape whenever we can.
The benefit of having access to greenhouse- grown flowers such as the Tulip now means that we can trick many seasonal varieties into flowering for many months of the year. For us, that means we don’t have to wait for spring to see bunches of tulips available for sale, with the Australian season running from April through to October.
If you love having Tulips in your home and want to keep them from wilting for as long as possible, ensure you pick a vase that is tall enough to cover at least half the height of the stem, this way the top heavy flower head can lean against the vase without bending over. Help your Tulips last as long they can by avoiding contact with direct sunlight and keeping them in a cool room of the house. Re-cut the stems every other day in order to keep their height down and prevent their heads from drooping and top up the vase with clean, fresh water.
By following these simple steps, you can enjoy the brightly coloured blooms for up to 2 weeks!
"Re-cut the stems every other day in order to keep their height down and prevent their heads from drooping and top up the vase with clean, fresh water."