The Secret of Cut Tulips

Tulips are synonymous with spring. While they have a naturally short-but-sweet vase life compared to others, keeping yours looking lovely for 5 days or more is easy when you follow our simple steps below.

1. Trim your tulips

Trimming tulips by 3-5cm allows water inside to hydrate them. Always cut at an angle to give as much surface area to drink from!

2. Pop them in water ASAP

Tulips, like all flowers, use water to prop-up their stems. Pop them in water as soon as you can to help them rehydrate and bloom.

3. Find their dream home

Keep your tulips away from direct sunlight and radiators (they’ll dehydrate your stems) and keep it away from fruits as it releases gases that’ll make them fade.

4. Change their water

Tulips don’t like drinking dirty water, so refresh your vase every few days and re-trim your stems 1cm each time.

Your tulip questions, answered

Why are my tulips floppy?

Don’t worry, they aren’t dead. Tulips use water to prop up their stems so they’re just thirsty after their journey to you. Help yours perk up by trimming them, popping them in water and then leaving them overnight. By morning they won’t look droopy!

Why are my tulips so much shorter than my other stems?

We send our tulips in bud so they’ll bloom at home and last as long as they should. They’re naturally much shorter than other stems but they’ll keep growing in your vase!

Why do tulips keep growing in water?

Tulips are really responsive to sunlight. And that’s why they move. They’re turning themselves towards the light sources around them, hoping to be seen by pollinators. You might also spot them opening up on sunny days and closing up at night time.

Why don’t my tulips stay straight?

Because they keep growing in their vase, you’ll find they playfully move around in the water. It’s part of their charm and nothing to worry about!

But I want my tulips to be straight. What can I do?

If you want your tulips to stand-up straight for a dinner party or special occasion, we recommend taking them out their vase, tightly wrapping them with newspaper into a cone shape, popping back in water, and keeping them in a dark room overnight. When you unwrap them in the morning, they’ll be perfect! Then remember to rotate your vase throughout to prevent them growing one way towards the light.