Fresh, cut flowers are a staple in the g&b homes. We particularly love tulips as they don't require any arranging to look their best. They should last at least 7 days If you treat them well. Here are some of our top tips on how to get the most out of them!
Choose buds that are mostly closed with just a hint of color showing. They'll open up in no time and you'll get much more enjoyment out of them!
Find the appropriate vase. A taller, narrow vase will help keep the stems straight, or you can use a slightly shorter, wider vase and let them fall naturally for a more dramatic effect. After a few days you can trim them again and move them to a shorter vase.
Don't put too much water in the vase. Tulips love water and giving them too much will make them grow too quickly (yes, tulips continue to grow after they're cut!). We recommend only putting 2-3 inches (5-7 cm) of water in the vase.
Cut the stems by a half inch (1-1.5 cm) at a 45 degree angle. Remove any leaves that are on the bottom 1/3 of the stem. These will not only take up a lot of water but it can make the arrangement look a little cluttered. Re-cut every few days if the tulips are starting to look a little tired.
Re-fresh the water every day. This will prevent bacteria from forming in the vase. Use this opportunity to snip another 1/2 inch off the stem if they're looking weary.
Tulips grow towards light so you may wake up one day and find them all leaning towards one window. Just turn the vase around and they'll straighten back out!