How to Care for Cut Tulips


Tulips are spring’s most coveted flower. Unlike other flowers, tulips continue to grow after being cut! They come in the most beautiful colors and look gorgeous alone in bud vases or even in a bucket. If you’ve ever seen parrot tulips, they are absolutely stunning. Using proper care for cut tulips can help them last a week (or more!) and you can get them to stand up tall. Here are a few tips when caring for cut tulips…

1. Buy tulips that are not fully opened.
2. Cut 1/4 inch off the stems at a 45-degree angle.
3. Choose a taller vase at first to help the tulip stand up, as you cut the bottom throughout the week (#7) you can switch the vase to something smaller and eventually a bud vase.
4. Wash your vase well to remove all bacteria, use cold water for the tulips and a small amount of flower food.
5. Only use a small amount of fresh water in the vase at a time so the tulips won’t continue to grow. Check the water often as you’ll need to replenish it because they do drink a lot.
6. Like Gizmo from Gremlins (haha), keep away from direct sunlight.
7. If your tulips are wilted in the morning, no big deal! Cut their stems, put them in a taller vase, add a little cold water and they’ll stand straight up again.

Images via Vibeke Design,  Jose Villa, Burlap and BlueJane We

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11 responses to How to Care for Cut Tulips

  1. March 24, 2015

    Great tips, I am loving flowers at the moment. Hopefully following your tips my tulips will last longer 🙂

    With love from London, Hayley ♥


    1. Eden
      March 24, 2015

      Thank you Hayley! I hope they work for you too 🙂

  2. Janet
    March 24, 2015

    Good tips. I also read and pinned from another post I recently read to put a splash of bleach in the small amount of water instead of the flower food.

    1. Eden
      March 24, 2015

      Yes!! I read that too, such a great idea and people usually have that on hand, rather than flower food. Thanks Janet!

  3. March 24, 2015

    Great tips! These will come in handy when my tulips bloom! I planted a whole bunch in the fall and I am so excited for them to bloom!

    1. Eden
      March 25, 2015

      Oh awesome!! You’re so lucky to have them growing in your yard! They will be so beautiful!

  4. March 24, 2015

    Thanks for the tips! I can’t wait to buy some fresh tulips this spring at the farmers market.

    1. Eden
      March 25, 2015

      You’re welcome Katie!!

  5. March 25, 2015

    Oh! These tulips look gorgeous! I love the first picture!

    1. Eden
      March 25, 2015

      I tried to pick the best pics, haha!!

  6. March 29, 2015

    Tulips (from a bodega) were my wedding flowers! I never know how to take care of them but I love having them around on my anniversary so thank you fo this.

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