How to Cut Tulips

How to Cut Tulips So That they Bloom Again

Thanks to their brilliant colors and clean, elegant shapes, tulips are the stars of a spring garden and are a favorite with flower arrangers. If they are properly cared for, these fall-planted bulbs will come back year after year. Learn how to cut tulips so that they bloom again next spring - and when to cut tulips for a long-lasting bouquet.


How to Cut Tulips So They Come Back Next Year

After the blooms have faded, remove them so that the plants don’t waste their energy producing seed heads. Leave the stem and foliage to die back naturally; this will take about 4-6 weeks. Cut back the foliage only when it has died back - this will be about 4 -6 weeks after blooming. Then dig up the bulbs, clean and dry them. Store in a net or paper sack before replanting in fall.


How to Cut Tulips For a Bouquet

When cutting tulips for a bouquet, choose blooms that are just starting to show a little color. They will open fully after cutting. Tulip stems will continue to grow by around 2" after cutting so choose a vase that will allow them room to spread out. Cut the base of the stems at a 45° angle as this allows them to soak up more water. Change the water and recut the stems every other day. Add a little cut flower food or lemon juice to the water if you prefer.


How to Cut Tulips: The Best Varieties to Choose

Every tulip has its own unique beauty, whether in the garden, in pots or in a vase but varieties such as the bright yellow Golden Parade or our Chocolate Candy collection in lovely shades of deep purple-brown, lilac and white lend themselves particularly well to flower arrangements. When browsing our website, look out for the tulip varieties marked as being especially suitable for cutting.

Now you know how to cut tulips, explore our tulip collection, where you’ll discover an amazing selection of tulips in colors, heights, and shapes to suit every situation.

 

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