5 Tips For Caring For Fresh Cut Tulips

January 27, 2016
Tulips are one of my very favorite flower and it just seems they have such a merry way
of brightening up spaces during these Winter months.

I especially love vibrant red tulips set against a neutral backdrop, and of course, they are perfect for Valentine's Day. 

However, if you are like me, you will have noticed that Tulips have an uncanny way of leaning, drooping, bending and actually becoming quite unbecoming!

I have tied them up, cut them down, leaned them against other flowers, all in an attempt to keep them from drooping.

Yet, they drooped...making me a very unhappy flower girl.

This past week, I found myself craving a bouquet of fresh cut tulips.

Before I purchased these tulips I did a little research on the topic of 
caring for fresh cut tulips, and gleaned some tips.

I tried these tips out and they worked!

I have had these tulips for a week and you can see they are standing up straight, seem quite happy and have retained their color.

Here are the 5 tips I used for caring for fresh cut tulips.

5 Tips For Caring For Fresh Cut Tulips

1. Place Tulips in a cool spot out of direct sunlight.

2. Use a narrow and cylinder shaped vase.

3. Give the stems a little room in the vase.

4. Use cold water to fill and refill the vase.

5. Fresh water is a must-freshen every 2-3 days.

Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope that you give these tips a try.

I really think the biggest take away would be, keeping tulips out of direct sunlight.


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  1. This was such a timely post. I just did a tablescape in which I had droopy tulips. :)

    1. Laura,
      We have a full season of tulip bouquets ahead of us.
      If these 5 tips work for me, they will work for you too.

  2. Good morning dearest Jemma! I came home late last night to find a gorgeous bouquet of white roses on my kitchen counter; Ruben had picked them up for me and what a LOVELY surprise. So far all my flowers in the house are doing well.....and tulips are a tough bunch to keep happy, especially during the winter months. I noticed however, my lavender plant that a friend gave me for Christmas. It's been very happy in the kitchen near a window where it does NOT get direct sun but does get a good amount of light. Its been doing very well but lately, the flowers are all bent at a 90degree angle in the same direction! I wonder what they are trying to tell me.....

    Your photos look great with that depth of field played out beautifully! Enjoy your day, Anita

    1. Good Morning Dear!
      Oh white roses are stunning. Your husband is so thoughtful and I know how much his loving gesture meant to you.
      I knew that you would have a green thumb and it definitely sounds as though you have some content indoor plants-

  3. I've always loved tulips. Yours are beautiful and thank you so much for the tips! Happy Wednesday!

    1. Sherry,
      My favorite Spring flower!
      Give these tips a try and keep them out of direct sunlight.
      Happy Wednesday to you too!

  4. Ooh, I love tulips too! I love flowers PERIOD! Have a great day sweet lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. Two big bunches of tulips and one hyacinth are within eyesight right this moment. Thank you for the tips - one bouquet is perky and one is traditionally droopy. I can't get enough of the spring flowers!

  6. Thanks for the tulip keeping suggestions. I do love a bunch of tulips on the table!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Now those are good tips; a couple I didn't know. I am guilty of just adding water instead of putting all fresh water in the container... I will try these next time I get a beautiful bouquet of tulips...

  8. Oh I adore tulips and I'm so glad to know what to do to keep them fresh now! Pinning!! Xo

  9. Jemma beautiful Tulips in a lovely color, looks pretty in your stunning home. Thanks for the 5 tips! I have two tall glass vases filled with forced bulbs and I'm waiting any moment for the 15 Pink Trumpets to burst open.

  10. Jemma-Those are beautiful!!! I have not seen any tulips in our stores yet. I do so love them in the spring. Those are great tips, too. Trying to get a few blog visits in tonight while hubby is feeling good. xo Diana

  11. Good tips. Thanks :) And fun to see you on G+ too :)

  12. Thanks for the tips. I love having fresh tulips in our home. I bought some at Trader Joe's recently that are bulbs growing in a vase of water. I'm keeping them out in the sun room where it is much cooler, but noticed that they are beginning to bloom. I had hoped they would not bloom till February, but looks like it may be this weekend. Will enjoy them regardless. '-)

  13. Hello Jemma, I love tulips too and they seem to brighten up the home. I like all of the helpful tips. I'm now following along with you on bloglovin and twitter. Hope you have a lovely day and weekend.
    Julie xo

  14. Hi Jemma, Thank you for the great tulip tip for keeping them tall and straight. Love this and your beautiful photos!! So nice to start the day here trying to catch up from my long Waco Weekend. Had a great time at Magnolia Market and hope to have a post soon.
    Blessings for the day and a great weekend ahead dear one! xo

  15. I'm getting some this weekend that I hope will last till Tuesday! So I'll try every single one of your tips!

  16. Love these tips! I used to always put mine in direct I know what I was doing wrong! :) Thanks for the info!

  17. You just inspired me to go get some tulips when I go the grocery store today!!xo K

  18. I'm going out to get tulips today if they have them at the store here, so this post was really timely. Thank you, Jemma :)

    Have I mentioned how beautiful your new home is? It's so serene and happy looking and I'm really happy for you.

    I'm also loving the reclaiming the 50s posts. Great New Year idea ;)


  19. Jemma, these tulips are gorgeous and I just love tulips! They just make me smile! :-) Thank you for the tips. I've read about how to care for hydrangeas, but had no idea about tulips! Hope you are having a great week! Love and hugs!!

  20. Oh Yes, red tulips I think are my favorite. That's interesting about using a narrow shaped vase, but it makes sense so they don't flop around. I took a picture of a red flower on my day at the nursery and didn't know it was a tulip until my blog friends mentioned it to me hehehe. It was opened a bit, and when you think of tulips they are firm, standing tall. I always wondered about freshening the water every few days, if that made a difference or not. But I can see that it does. Thanks for the tips, Jemma. They look so pretty on your table. Are you enjoying your new home?

    love, ~Sheri

  21. Great tips. I'll have to try them. I saw some pretty ones at the grocery store the other day. Now I'm sad I didn't get them.

  22. I adore your tulips. I recently bought some to freshen up our home. I wanted some red ones, however I settled for pink. Thanks for sharing your tips on keeping these beauties fresh. xo

  23. Love your tips! I can't wait for my local grocer to start carrying them. They dont bring in tulips until next week ...

  24. That is so easy!! I've always struggled with droopy tulips. No pennies... no bleach... no sugar... Yay! I've done them all and failed. I love your tulips, Jemma, such a rich pink color.

    Thanks so much for sharing your tip with us at Project Inspire{d}!

  25. Beautiful, beautiful! I love tulips so much...I guess we all do. Did you know you can get a huge bunch at Costco for $9.99?

    Happy Thoughts of Home on Thursday sweet friend.

  26. Tulips are such a happy flower! I love to see the fields of tulips that the arboretum always plants in the spring. It always makes me want to plant a couple hundred bulbs.haha

  27. They also continue to grow. So snip fresh cuts off the bottom every other day.


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