Tulips are true cut flower classics and should not be missing in any vase, especially in spring. We’ll tell you how to cut the tulips correctly so that they last a particularly long time.
If you put tulips in the vase, you should cut them properly beforehand so that they beautify your home for as long as possible. With this trick and some care tips, the blooming heralds of spring stay fresh for up to ten days and are a great sight.
From a botanical point of view, tulips belong to the lily family and are by far the largest and most varied genus of onion flowers. They are available filled and unfilled, with straight or curled petals. In addition, more than 1,000 varieties are available in stores in almost every color. So it’s no wonder that they are so popular as cut flowers – there are simply tulips for every taste! This way, your tulips will last a particularly long time in the vase.
How do you cut tulips correctly?
For tulips to stay in the vase for as long as possible, they have to be cut at a slight angle or straight. Be sure to use a sharp knife for this. Scissors bruise the stems, which can affect the tulips’ ability to absorb water and nutrients.
Tulips – popular cut flowers for the vase
Along with roses, tulips are the most popular cut flowers and adorn numerous vases, especially in spring. When you buy a bouquet, you can tell the freshness of the tulips by the squeaky stems and leaves. Just run your fingers along it once. If you want to make your own bouquet of tulips, you should insert them a little deeper into the bouquet, as the plants grow very quickly and otherwise soon tower over the other flowers in the vase
Tulips for the vase that you get from your own garden should be cut early in the morning. Choose specimens with firm and closed flowers. The tulips should be absolutely dry at this point. If they are wet, the petals in the vase will quickly turn brown. The lower leaves are stripped off. This not only makes it easier to tie a bouquet, but the tulips also use less water and stay fresh and attractive longer. Use a clean and sharp knife – no scissors! This causes bruises to the stems and can damage important ducts, so that the tulips may die more quickly. Fresh and healthy tulips should actually last seven to ten days in the vase.
Cutting tulips: how is it done?
Tulips have relatively firm stems – so they should be cut at a slight angle for the vase
Tulips must be cut correctly for the vase. This is the only way for the cut flowers to absorb water and the nutrients they need. In the case of tulips, the cut is slightly oblique or straight. The same applies here: Use a knife and not scissors!
Which vases are suitable for tulips?
The container used should be absolutely clean not only for potted plants but also for cut flowers in the vase. Detergents such as those used in the bathroom, among other things, have proven their worth for cleaning vases. Tall, slender vases are best for tulips. The flowers grow very quickly, sometimes shoot up, and therefore need some support for their stems. The vase should be about two-thirds as high as the tulips themselves.
Tall vases hold the tulips, which grow rapidly upwards
How do tulips keep for a particularly long time in the vase?
So that you can enjoy your tulip bouquet for a long time, you should consider the following when caring for it. Cold, soft (lime-free) water works best for cut flowers. A splash of lemon juice lowers the pH value of water and also has an antibacterial effect. Don’t overfill the vase either – a few centimeters of water in the bottom of the vase is enough.
Because: If the tulips are too deep in the water, they quickly begin to rot. The same thing happens if they are too close. If you received a sachet with a freshness-retaining agent when you bought it, you should definitely add it. Not only does it provide the tulips with the nutrients they need, but it also keeps the water free of bacteria. Wilted tulips should be removed from the vase as soon as possible.
Change the water in the vase every two days and cut the tulips again at the same time. Place your tulips at normal room temperature, better still a little cooler. Temperatures that are too high stimulate growth and reduce the shelf life of the plants. The same applies to a place with direct sunlight.