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Tulips Facts and Tips

Tulips are classified into 15 divisions, but the most popular as cut flowers are single, double (peony flowered), parrot (ruffled and multicolored), lily flowered (pointed petals) and fringed (serrated petal edges).

Tulips are most abundant from December through May, but today they can be found year round; possibly not every color, but white and red are pretty much guaranteed to be available all year long.

I think the most interesting thing about a tulip is that it continues to grow even after it has been cut from the bulb!  They are geotropic – which means they are affected by gravity and phototropic – which means they curve towards the light.  That is important to know, because when you design with tulips, you want to allow for the growth….so if you were making a hand-tied bouquet, for example, and you were including tulips, you’d want to put them 1/2 inch to an inch below the other flowers, because trust me….they will grow to the height of the other flowers!  If you don’t adjust for the growth, the tulips will grow and be taller than the other flowers, which isn’t an awful thing, unless you wanted all the flowers to be at the same height.

Buy tulips when they are tight and not showing much color to get the most out of them.  Once the color is showing, you can expect to get 3-6 days of vase life out of them.

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