Top tips for caring for your tulips this spring
In an age of ever-increasing consumerism, vendors of commercialism have used presentation, clever packaging and global advertising to tell us what “must haves” we need to be happy, satisfied and successful.
Their latest suggestion would have us all buying more and more cut flowers.
Did you know that some points of sale now offer a guarantee with their cut flowers, especially with tulips and carnations?
The “insurance” is tied to how long they bloom, and each bouquet sold is guaranteed to last at least seven days.
Carnations can be expected to last longer.
You will of course be asked to change the water and do whatever is necessary to prolong their lifespan.
Tulips have of course always made excellent cut flowers and by following a few simple rules it has always been possible to extend their lifespan.
If you are new to buying cut flowers, let me assure you that by following the following tips, many more days can be added to your display.
- Soak cut tulips in a bucket of cold water (almost up to their necks) for at least two hours before arranging them in vases
- Cut an inch or two off the bottom of each stem before placing them in vases or containers.
- Add cut flower food whenever this additive becomes available. This is a standard addition and is free with all cut flower purchases.
- If your tulips start to wilt, don’t throw them away. Try this “rescue” method; Trim the stems again, removing about an inch, then roll the flowers tightly in paper and set aside overnight in a cool place. They should be almost fully revived by morning.
Tulips have always been synonymous with Easter (which falls on April 14 this year) and by then all popular varieties will be on sale at outlets across the country.
What could be nicer and more appropriate during this time than a bouquet of yellow Yokohama tulips paired with fresh, sprouting foliage.
Other long lasting varieties include the bright red Alfred Cortot, the lemon yellow Chopin, the apricot yellow and red striped Cape Cod and the very beautiful dark pink-red Hearts Delight.
There are dozens more of course, but their arrival in a bucket displays signals and suggests that new garden life is around every corner.