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Monday, June 9, 2008

Colorful Tulips

Tips for Tulips Care

Leave tulips in the wrap and place in a vase of water under a light source, for about an hour before arranging. This will help to keep the tulips upright for longer. Tulips tend to curve towards the light.

Remove any leaves that may be under water.

While holding the stems under water in a sink or under running water, cut about one inch off each stem with a sharp knife or shears. DO NOT let the newly cut end dry off before transferring it back to your arrangement or other container.

Water to which a good floral preservative has been added is the best solution in which to arrange fresh cut tulips. Using it as recommended will provide additional days of vase life. Avoid using water from a water softener.

Immediately after the stems are cut, place your tulips in a clean, deep vase of warm preservative solution (about 100 degrees F). If possible leave them in a cool dark room or refrigerator to 'condition' for 2 or 3 hours after arranging.

Temperature is key to the lifespan of flowers.

Display your fresh cut tulip arrangements in a cool area out of direct sunlight and drafts.

Tulips are heavy drinking flowers. It is important to check to see that the vase is full and add preservative solution often. Be sure foam materials are completely saturated and the container is full
daily.

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