Tulips in a vase

Today I have great tips about care for cut tulips! The tulips in an Eary Spring Vignette lasted almost two weeks with some practical care!!! I love tulips and if you do too you are in good company. During the period in history called “tulip mania” around 1637 one single tulip bulb sold for 10 times the annual salary of a skilled craftsman. Wow! I can get a dozen cut tulips for under $8.00 at my local grocers! Today let’s enjoy keep these glorious cut tulips longer! I’ll show you how!

Tulips can last a really long time when they are cared for properly and today I’m going to share my top tips to keeping tulips fresh so they last as long as possible.

Fun Fact… Tulips continue to grow even after they have been cut!


When you are shopping for tulips, purchase bunches that are not fully open yet. In fact, pick the tulips that are tightly closed! Once they are opened, they have a limited vase life.

The image above shows tulips I bought that were tightly closed. They looked so graceful and pretty draped over the white pitcher! The next morning they were standing up straight!

I’ve also heard to put a couple ice cubes in the water to keep the tulips from opening. If you give this a try let me know how it works?


Add cold water to the vase and fill it 3/4 of the way up. Mix in flower food and dissolve the food completely.

If you are putting tulips in a big container like the urn above put the tulips in in a container suggested below and then put the container in the larger urn etc.

You will want to change the water in the vase at least every other day. Tulip water can get a bit slimy and bacteria filled. Changing the water will keep them healthy and will extend their lives. Also, if the vase looks a little discolored or if there is anything left on the vase when the water is emptied wash it before replacing the new water.


Before putting in the vase, hold the stems to the outside of the vase to determine how tall they should be. Trim each stem at that spot at a 45 degree angle. When you change the water every other day, give your stems another trim of about an inch. Cutting at an angle creates a straw effect and the flower can drink up the fresh water easily. Remove any leaves or foliage that is below the waterline also.


Avoid placing in direct sunlight or near heat. Tulips will grow toward sunlight and may bend a little when doing so. They are okay in indirect sunlight


When choosing a vase for your tulips, select one that is tall. Go with a vase that is at least half as tall as the flower stems.

As you cut the tulips down, you can go with a shorter vase over time. Be sure to wash your vase well before use to remove any bacteria before you arrange your tulips. Make sure all soap is rinsed out of the vase.


Place your arrangements in an area of your home that is free of drafts and not beside heaters, air conditioners, windows or stoves. Simple and easy, right?


Many people swear that adding a penny to tulip water will make them stand tall. After lots of research, the jury is still out.

What will help your tulips when they start to get a bit droopy is to stick a pin or a toothpick through the throat ( at the very top of the stem) of a tulip making a small hole. This releases air that gets trapped in the stem and allows water to be absorbed into the tulip. And often this will help revive your beautiful tulips.

Can you tell what color tulips I like? How about you? What color tulips are your favorite? And if you have any other caring for tulips tips let us know!

Come and see how to create an Easy Spring Vignette that features tulips!

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How to Care for Cut Tulips

It’s tulip season—and we’ve got expert info on how to make them last in a vase

Q: My cut tulips don’t stand up straight in the vase. Why?
A: Tulips don’t know when to stop! That is their special charm. Other flowers stay put once cut. Not the tulip. Tulips keep growing in the vase—gaining an inch in height or more. And they bend. Gracefully, they twist and turn, leaning this way or that, toward sources of light. The seemingly whimsical bending of tulips is actually caused by the dual effects of continuing stem growth and the gentle pull of light and gravity on the flowerhead.

Q: How long do tulips last in the vase?
A: With proper care, tulips should open and last from three to seven days. For longest vase life, buy tulips with flowerheads just starting to open (the bud should be closed, but with the colour of the flower evident). Before arranging tulips, condition them by re-cutting the base of the stem with a clean sharp knife. This will open up the flower’s water-uptake channels. Don’t bother with cut-flower food—tulips don’t need it. Keep away from sources of heat (including direct sunlight, radiators, lamps and old television sets).

Q: Is it true that daffodils and tulips should not be combined?
A: Combining tulips with daffodils or any other members of the narcissus family is not recommended because narcissi exude a slimy sap that shortens the lifespan of other flowers by clogging their water-uptake channels.

Q: Should I keep my cut tulips away from bowls of fruit, or does this not matter?
A: Yes, keep them separate, preferably in different rooms. As fruit ripens, it produces ethylene gas, which can shorten the vase life of some flowers. Tulips and many other bulb flowers are particularly sensitive to this gas.

3 Easy Flower Bulbs to Grow Indoors


Though we can garden outdoors in San Diego year-round, there is still something uplifting about placing more plants around inside the home during the winter when local nurseries are heaving with inexpensive flower bulbs to grow indoors. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy the fragrances and colors of spring just a few months early as well as get the kids interested in gardening. Kids love (somewhat) patiently observing these pretty plants grow before their eyes.

Some bulbs require a significant amount of care, but we’ll discuss three types that don’t: paperwhites, amaryllis and freesias.

What is Forcing?

First, we should address some bulb lingo for the unfamiliar. Forcing bulbs refers to the process of tricking a bulb into thinking it’s time to bloom. For some bulbs, this means simulating winter early by chilling them outside (for those who live in cold climates) or in the refrigerator.

Paperwhite Narcissus

Perhaps the easiest bulb to grow indoors is a paperwhite and, fortunately, they cost as little as a dollar or less to buy per bulb. Interestingly enough, they can be forced to grow indoors at any time of the year though they are most popular in the late fall through winter so that we can decorate our homes with fresh blooms during the holidays. These dainty daffodil flowers also fill a room with fragrance during their 4-6 weeks of bloom time.

How to Plant a Paperwhite

Use what you have as these bulbs don’t need dirt. A simple glass or container filled with just enough water to cover the base of the bulb will do. Many support the bulb in containers using decorative gravel or glass pebbles. Beware that too much water can rot the bulb, however. If planting in dirt, use a shallow container and make sure that half to three-quarters of the bulb is exposed, with the pointed end facing up. Water when the soil becomes dry, about an inch down, and place in a warm area to activate the bulb.

Move the paperwhites out of direct sunlight after blooming in order to prolong bloom time. Once the flowers start wilting, it’s time to throw away the bulb as it can’t be preserved or re-used. Paperwhites typically grow upright but if they look like they’re going to topple over, consider tying the stalk to a support.

Should you buy paperwhites in bulk, store them in paper bags and consider staggering your planting (plant a new group every 2 weeks or so) so that you have a container that is always flowering.


Amaryllis are usually sold in kits for very easy planting and are prized for their giant, exotic-looking blooms at the top of sturdy, straight stems. Flower colors range from white to red to even some striped varieties. Note that larger bulbs potentially bloom more flowers though most sold in kits bloom two and last for about 7 weeks. Amaryllis flowers are quite shy and bloom facing away from each other! Unlike paperwhites, amaryllis bulbs will go dormant and re-bloom with some TLC.

How to Grow Amaryllis

If your amaryllis isn’t in a prepackaged pot, here’s a good rule of thumb:

      • Buy a big bulb as larger bulbs have the potential to bloom more flowers.
      • Find a pot that allows for about an inch or two of soil around the bulb. The reason is because the bulb needs to feel crowded in order to bloom.
      • Place well-draining soil in the pot but leave about 2/3 of the bulb exposed.
      • If you like, place a stake in the pot now just in case your amaryllis needs support. This was you don’t risk stabbing a root later.
      • Keep the bulb watered but make sure the soil isn’t soaking wet.
      • A stalk should appear in a few weeks. Make sure that it gets an even amount of sunlight to keep it from leaning in a particular direction.
      • Fertilize the amaryllis every 2-3 weeks.

Getting Your Amaryllis to Rebloom

Once the amaryllis flower starts to wilt, cut the entire flower stalk down to about 3-5 inches above the bulb. An amaryllis will also sprout small leaves from the base. It’s important that you don’t cut these off as they store nutrients the bulb will need to survive the remainder of the year. The bulb will need to be fed once a month and to stay watered, though not soaked.

Now, decide whether you’ll store the bulb indoors or choose to plant it outside, which coastal Southern Californians can do as we do not experience freezing temperatures. Just place it in an area with partial shade.

The rule of thumb is to count backward about 10-12 weeks from the time you’ll want flowers and stop watering the bulb then (also stop feeding the month prior). Move the bulb to a dry, cool spot. The lack of water, oddly, will cause another stalk to grow. When this occurs, you’ll move the bulb again to warm spot and resume watering.

Sure, it sounds labor-intensive, but there is something rewarding about successfully re-purposing a bulb.


Freesias are small, tubular flowering plants that belong to the iris family and native to South Africa. They are an extremely popular cut flower for purchasing at a florist, also due to their fragrance. Freesia bulbs are actually called corms and you’ll want to plant them in the fall to enjoy the flowers in late winter/early spring.

How to Plant Freesias

    • Plant the corms about 1-2 inches deep and 1-2 inches apart from each other in a shallow container.
    • Freesias prefer nutrient-rich soil with some added grit for extra drainage.
    • Water regularly and keep the planted corms in a cool spot until they bloom.
    • Move the forms to sunlight once they start to sprout and continue to water.
    • Consider adding support for the freesia stems after they bloom as the weight of multiple flowers may cause the stems to droop.

Freesia Tips

Yellow, blue and white freesias last longer cut than the pinks and reds. Regardless of color, flower food helps keep them going in a vase. Freesias can re-bloom but it requires harvesting corm shoots properly. After you dig out the original freesia corm, you’ll notice little corms growing out from it. Remove and care for the new corms, which will take a season or two to bloom. This means keeping them dry and warm in the summer and cool in the winter, just like the African climate they are used to.

Bulbs that Require Chilling

In deep contrast to the three flowering plants mentioned above, tulips and other bulbs (daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, Dutch iris and scilla) require much more care. Forcing these spring bulbs into bloom requires 3-4 months of chilling at approximately 45°F, which can be done naturally in the ground in colder climates or in a spare refrigerator in Southern California. You’ll need to plant bulbs immediately after purchase and make space to chill the entire planted container properly, making paperwhites, amaryllis and freesias look like a much easier alternative.

Your Turn…

Do you force bulbs? Which are your favorites?

Last year for Easter I purchased some tulips for my mom that were grown in a glass jar with no dirt. I thought it was so amazing, you could watch the tulips grow from the bulbs. How to Grow Tulips in Glass Jars? The tulips cost about $15 and I thought to myself, I can grow these tulips myself much cheaper next year. I am always trying to find ways to save money. It should be cheaper to buy these tulips since you don’t have to pay for the dirt to grow the tulips in.

Yesterday while shopping at Wal-Mart I found tulip bulbs on sale in the home and garden section. For 18 tulip bulbs the cost was 2$ and for 9 tulip bulbs the cost was .75 cents. Wal-Mart also had purple, red and pink tulip bulbs. They also sold daffodils bulbs

Forcing tulips and or other perennials to grow is fairly easy to do in your home in glass jars or in other containers such as pots, canning jars or even an Easter basket.

In my glass vases I placed stones in the bottom. I then put water in the vase just enough to cover the stones. Next I placed as many bulbs that would fit in the vase on top of the stones with the pointed end of the bulb up. Make sure there is not too much water in the vase or your bulb will rot. Tulip bulbs do not like too much water.

Tulips can be grown at any time of the year when grown in glass jars providing they spent 8 to 10 weeks hibernating in your refrigerator. They make great gifts. I have about 10 jars growing now in vases and canning jars.

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Growing Tulips In Water – How To Grow Tulips In Water

Humans, being what we are, tend to like instant or near instant results. That is why it is so hard to wait until spring temperatures have warmed enough for flowers to decorate the landscape. There is a simple way to get flowers, like tulips, in your home earlier than they will appear outdoors. Growing tulips in water is easy and gets the season off to a jump start with indoor blooms for which you don’t have to wait. Can tulips grow in water? There is one basic chilling trick you need to be aware of when growing tulips without soil. Read on to learn how to grow tulips in water for early enjoyment of these beautiful blooms.

How to Grow Tulips in Water

They say hunger makes the best sauce, but I am too impatient to wait for results in my landscape. Growing tulips without soil is a DIY favorite trick to get these Dutch darlings faster into the home. Tulips have a chilling requirement of 12 to 15 weeks, which they get outside naturally unless you purchase pre-chilled bulbs. You can also do it yourself in your refrigerator at any time and be that much closer to a bounty of blooms.

Farmer’s markets have buckets-full of tulip blooms for sale in spring. But you don’t have to wait until spring to enjoy the flowers if you plant a head. Pre-chilled tulip blooms make an impactful display when grown in a glass container on rocks or glass beads.

Growing tulips without soil allows you to see the rooting process and keeps the project simple. The first things you need are healthy, big bulbs. Then you need to choose a container. A glass vase is a good choice because its height gives the tulip leaves and stems something to lean on as they grow. You may also opt to purchase a forcing vase, which is curved to allow the bulb to sit just above the water with only the roots in the moisture. These designs minimize rot when growing tulips in water.

Pre-chill your bulbs in a paper bag in the refrigerator for 12 to 15 weeks. Now it’s time to plant them.

  • You will need gravel, rocks or glass beads to line the bottom of the vase.
  • Fill the vase 2 inches deep with rock or glass and then place the tulip bulb on top with the pointed area upright. The idea is to use the beads or rocks to hold the bulb itself out of the water while allowing roots to receive moisture.
  • Fill the vase with water until it comes just 1 inch from the bottom of the bulb.
  • Move the bulb and vase to a cool dark location for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Change the water weekly and watch for signs of sprouting.

In a couple of months, you can move the sprouted bulb out to a lit area and grow it on. Choose a bright sunny window to place the vase. Keep the moisture level the same and continue to change the water. The sunlight will encourage the bulb to grow more and soon you will see the curved green leaves and rigid stem of a mature tulip. Watch as the bud forms and then finally opens. Your forced tulips should last a week or more.

Once the bloom has faded, allow the greens to remain and collect solar energy to feed another bloom cycle. Remove the spent greens and stem and pull the bulb from the vase. There is no need to store the bulb because those that are forced in this manner will rarely bloom again.

Tesselaar Top 9 Tulips

Tulips are the superstars of spring. They can take centre stage like no other flower can, creating unforgettable spring shows.

Tried and Tested Tulips

Tulipmania might have transpired nearly four hundred years ago but the spirit lives on in gardeners everywhere. This is a top selection that is well suited to the Australian environment. Tulips may have a reputation as ‘difficult customers’ but in most cases this is undeserved. When you buy a bulb the flower is already pre-formed, ready to bloom. All you need to do is plant it into well drained soil in a sunny spot, fertilise and water occasionally, then wait for the show.

Monet Tulips

Big, bold and beautiful blooms. Monet Tulips are tall, strong and long lasting. They are absolutely perfect for the garden. We love the array of bright colour that these hardy bulbs provide.

Bokassa Tulips

Bokassa Tulips are the premium tulip range for potting. The flowers are a medium height with compact foliage that lends perfectly to container plantings. Adding annuals such as Pansies at the time of planting will provide you with a long and colourful display. Of course Bokassa Tulips will perform equally well in the garden.

Double Tulips

Full blown beauties. These flamboyant flowers unfurl gradually to expose layer upon layer of petals, like old fashioned frilly petticoats. The large flowers are long lasting on short to medium stems. Great in pots or garden beds.

Fringed Tulips

With extravagant petals, these flowers have all the frills! These unusual tulips will create wonderful displays in your garden. Their unique shape lends beautifully to the texture of the garden.

Quirky Tulips


Magniflora Tulips are the result of the continuously improved breeding of Darwin Hybrid Tulips. They are longer lasting, more weatherproof and heat proof flowers – perfect for our Australian environment. They have a graceful form, somehow less formal than other tulips; the stems are darker, almost purple, taller and sway beautifully in the breeze. In short they are garden worthy.

Colour blend Tulips

We have chosen a variety of stunning combinations that are bound to bring glamour to your garden. Clump them together in your beds, or put them in a pot and enjoy the effects. We find these are always a favourite with our customers as the colours work so well together.

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In arrangements of assorted flowers, the colors shown online will be used if at all possible, even if this means substituting other kinds of flowers of equal or greater value.

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How to Grow Tulips In a Glass Jar

Have you ever seen a stunning bunch of tulips sitting in a jar of water without any soil and wondered how on earth they can survive?

A beautiful way to display these stunning flowers, it’s actually easier than you might think to achieve.

Making tulips grow from their bulbs in just water can actually be pretty simple to execute if you know how – so listen up!

Why choose tulips?

To begin with, why should you use tulips to create this ultimate look in your home? Well, to be honest, it’s because they are absolutely beautiful.

These springtime blooms are colorful, classy and wonderful to look at.

With the tulip being a common addition in Persian art and poetry due to its beauty and grace, they are often thought of as the perfect addition to any home environment, guaranteed to uplift the mood and ambiance.

A cheerful display of blooming tulips can revive any gardener’s spirits during the cold, wet winter months.

So, by planning and preparing your tulip bulbs you can be sure they will begin to make an appearance indoors long before they begin to bloom in your garden.

The process is pretty simple and requires a minimal amount of supplies, meaning the entire family can get involved in growing tulips in your glass jar.

This will guarantee that you will get a touch of spring in your home, before it even reaches your garden.

How to Grow Tulips in a Glass Jar

What you need

In order to create the ultimate “soil-less” tulip, all you need is:

  1. A jar – any jar of your choice, or a small vase if that is all you have handy
  2. A variety of small rocks/pebbles/ marbles for decoration
  3. A tulip bulb
  4. Water
  5. Darkness and sunlight

How to create your stunning tulip display

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  1. To begin with, you should fill your glass container with the marbles, rocks or pebbles of your choice. Ensure your rocks are between 3 to 4 inches in height, so that your tulip has enough room to grow.

Top Tip: Try to arrange these in a stylish way as the color of your pebbles can really show off your tulip and create the ultimate look in your home.

  1. Simply place your tulip bulb on top of the rocks, in the center, with the pointed edge facing upwards.
  2. Once your bulb is in place, you should try to add a few more rocks around it to act as support to the bulb as it begins to grow.
  3. You should then fill the jar with water, with ½ an inch between the water level and the bulb. It is vital that the tulip bulb is not completely submerged in water as it could rot.

Top Tip: While the water should not touch the bulb, it should be close enough so that it will feed the roots as they begin to grow.

  1. Next, you should move your jar with the bulb and water to a cool, dark place in your home until it begins to bud.
  2. You should notice the roots begin to show in six to eight weeks with the bulb beginning to flower in 12 to 16 weeks.
  3. Ensure you maintain the level of the water throughout the weeks. However, if your jar becomes full of algae, you should completely change the water.
  4. Once your tulip begins to bloom, you should move the whole jar into a room with sunlight. During this time you should rotate your tulip jar every two days to ensure the entire bulb is getting enough sunlight

It is important to note that tulips that grow inside do not live as long as they do when they are in the soil in the garden so there’s no need to panic if you notice it wilting sooner than you thought. When your bulb does begin to wilt, you should discard it and begin again with a fresh new bulb.

It is also important to know that you should keep the tulip out of direct sunlight as this can cause its blooms and leaves to die quickly. By ensuring they are in a well sunlit area without direct sunlight, you can be sure your blooms will last the distance.

Placing your jar and tulip on a fireplace or a window sill can really bring your home to life and give your home that touch of spring it has been craving during the winter months.

So, get involved this spring and create your own tulip with just the use of a simple jar, stones and water to create the ultimate springtime haven in your living space.

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