Tulips are a sign of spring! Tulips are now available during the year because you can now get flowers from all over the world. But, we are entering the season where tulips are at the peak of their season.
There are many facts that people do not realize about tulips. Tulips may continue to grow after they are cut from the plant. A tulip stem may grow as long as length of the bloom after it has been cut.
The bloom of the tulip may open and close depending on the temperature. There are many solutions to this problem. One solution is to make a vertical cut in the stem about ½” to 1” just below the bloom. Another remedy was to glue the petals together with the blossom closed. Tulips tend to open during the day and close at night.
When arranging tulips, allow room for movement. Wire tulips by making a hook around the top of the stem with a wire wrapped in floral tape. Continue to wrap the wire around the stem to the bottom. Secure the wire to the bottom of the stem by turning the wire up. This helps support the stem.
The arrangement for this post is created in a “bubble” bowl. I taped the bowl the same as the vase for arranging a dozen roses (Post from February 8, 2018), except I used clear floral waterproof tape. I cut the tulips from the stem, saving the bottom leaves for extra decoration. Place the tulips closest to the bottom of the vase first, allowing them movement. Select the tallest tulip for the center of the arrangement and wire the tulip for support. Add tulips as in a dozen rose arrangement to complete the arrangement. Don’t hesitate to place short stems close to the base of the vase, this adds dimension to the arrangement.
Place your arrangement in a cool area away from direct sunlight. Check the water daily, and replace the water if it turns cloudy.