Achieving consistently beautiful and lush tulips requires understanding the florists’ tricks for optimal care, whether they’re in pots or in the ground.

Florist trick for healthy tulips

Tulips, being quintessential spring flowers, are cherished for their vibrant colors and distinctive shape. As plants with bulbous origins, they typically need a minimum of four weeks for a flower to emerge from the bulbs. Despite their seasonal nature, tulips thrive in cool environments and dislike direct sunlight and excessive heat.

Tulips, things to know

An interesting fact is that once tulips have completed their bloom, their bulbs can be unearthed, dried, stored in a cool, dry place, and replanted the following year. Unlike many other spring flowers, tulips boast a more extended flowering period. However, the care routine varies depending on whether they are cut flowers in a vase or planted in the ground.

When arranging tulips in a vase, it’s advisable to cut a centimeter off the stem diagonally and remove the leaves that might rot quickly in contact with water. Florists employ a lesser-known trick to enhance the longevity of potted tulips. Besides meticulous stem care, they recommend filling the vase with cold water to deter bacterial growth, and adding a few drops of lemon juice to slow down flower deterioration.

tulips in pots

For tulips in the ground, maintaining adequate hydration is crucial to prevent dehydration, the primary cause of deterioration. Regular watering, approximately once a week, helps keep the soil consistently moist. Overwatering poses a risk of rot, so it’s essential to monitor soil conditions closely.

tulip field

Knowing when to cut the flowers is vital for the plant’s vitality. To maximize their lifespan, it’s recommended to cut tulips when they are around 75% in full color, allowing them to continue growing when placed in a vase. Optimal cutting times are early in the morning or late in the evening, during the coolest temperatures, to minimize stress on the plant.