Keep your cut tulips looking fresher longer with these hacks.

By Jenny Krane
Updated March 13, 2019

You want to enjoy your cut flowers for as long as possible—and when it's tulips, you especially want that little vase of spring to last as the snow melts. You've probably heard the old wive's tale of dropping a penny into the water, but it's not necessarily effective. We talked to the manager of the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden to get proven tips and tricks to keep your tulips from drooping.

1. Use Floral Preservatives

Many pre-cut bouquets come with a small packet of flower food to mix into the water. If you're cutting tulips from your own garden or buying a bunch from a farmer's market, you can find larger containers or packs of flower food packets online or at garden centers. Follow the instructions on the packet and your blooms should thrive.

Buy it: Floralife Crystal Clear Flower Food, $18

2. Be Mindful of Plant Pairings

A spring bulb combination that seems like a no-brainer is a bouquet of daffodils and tulips. While they may look pretty together in a vase, you'll notice that the tulips droop and dry out much faster than the daffodils. This is because the daffodils release a sap into the water, making it difficult for the tulip stems to take water. If you want to keep your cut tulips happy as can be, avoid pairing them with daffodils in a vase.

3. Give Them a Twist

Tulips grow and bend toward light, so you may notice cut tulips start to droop if they're on a side away from the window. Rotate your vase each day to help the stems stay straight and to give each bloom balanced light.


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