Why? you may ask. Quite simply because I’m starting to see Tulips being sold everywhere. To me, Tulips signify impending Spring and bright optimism.
Have you ever bought a gorgeous bunch of Tulips home, only to find that they have drooped? Trying to style droopy Tulips must surely kill the joy?
So, how do the Florists keep their Tulips looking fresh and upright? I’ve researched and tested many tips, and would love to share it with you.
You could also find out more interesting facts and information on Tulips and other flowers in general at Funny How Flowers Do That. Here’s the bunch of Tulips that I bought.
If yourTulips look droopy before you can style them in a vase, then the best thing to do is to keep them still wrapped up in their paper, and trim around 1 inch off from the ends of their exposed stems. Trim in a diagonal direction.
Then place the still wrapped up Tulips in water for at least an hour.
I have stripped off the bottom leaves and cleaned the stems ready for decorating. This is particularly important as submerged leaves will make the water cloudy.
If you don’t have floral food, then here’s a trick that I’ve learned on how to keep your Tulips healthy and longer lasting.
Cut flowers apparently like a slightly acidic water environment which helps with moving the water up the stem. They also need sugar as nutrient. So, adding some lemon-lime soda will do the trick.
Also, adding a bit of household bleach to the water will kill bacteria and keep the flowers healthy.
The formula is one part lemon-lime soda, three parts water and one teaspoonful of bleach per quart of water. Fill your vase with the concoction to around three quarters full. It’s difficult to style Tulips in a wide vase without them all leaning towards the rim.
So, here is a fail proof method of creating that florist styled, layered bouquet look in a large vase.
I have used narrow width Washi tape to create a grid system to keep the Tulips in position.
The wonderful thing about having this, is that it will prevent Tulips drooping further before they are due a water refill. Here I am slowly layering my Tulips in the vase. Starting from one end, then working my way round before going towards the centre. Here’s the view from above.
I’m also admiring the light green and very clean stems of the Tulips.
Hope you have enjoyed the post. I certainly have had so much fun styling and photographing the Tulips.
Have a great start to your weeks.
( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. All opinions are my own. This is a sponsored collaboration with Funny How Flowers Do That.)