Weekly Flower Tip: Tulips!May 9, 2017
Why We Love It
Tulips are one of the most popular cut flowers, and it's not hard to see why! With their iconic look, they herald the coming of spring (and the ending of winter!). With their bright colors, they are perfect flowers to usher in a new season. And while most tulips are elegant in their simplicity, there are also exotic varieties, such as parrot tulips, that can add another level of luxury to your standard arrangements.
Tulips are one of the few flowers that grows after it is cut. The tulip will continue to grow in your arrangement, so make sure to cut them a tiny bit shorter than you think is necessary for the ideal arrangement, by morning they will be perfect! Tulips also have extremely delicate stems — too much pressure, and they can snap or be crushed.
When inserting these blooms into a bouquet, be sure to hold them lightly, and in the same way that you would hold a pencil. Tulips also have heavy heads that can put a strain on their delicate stems and thus do best in water-based arrangements. Keep the heads supported by either choosing a tall vase, or trimming the stems short enough that the blooms have just about 1-1.5" of stem above the vase rim supporting them.
In Holland, tulips were once so desired that their price inflated to more than ten times the annual salary of a skilled craftsman. What began as a tradition of a suitor handing his sweetheart a tulip when proposing marriage ended in "Tulip Mania", with the price of tulips plummeting as a result of previously over-inflated costs.