How to cut tulips correctly - care tips for cut flowers

How to cut tulips correctly - care tips for cut flowers

Cut straight or at an angle? - How to do it right

Regardless of whether your tulips come from your own garden or were purchased in the store; Before the flowers are put into the vase, they are cut. If you apply the knife at an angle, the stem cross-section increases. Since more area is exposed on the conduction pathways, the tulip transports water and nutrients more quickly to the flower. Thats how it works:

  • First cut off any white parts of the stem
  • Cut the stem ends at an angle or straight with a clean, sharp knife
  • Immediately place each tulip in the water

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A smooth cut is more important than its alignment. Whether you hold the knife straight or at an angle is of secondary importance. Please do not use scissors, as the lines could be squeezed.

If the handle ends are discolored brown, please trim

As cut flowers, tulips consume much more water than in beds and pots. You should therefore refill with fresh water every few days. The stressed ends of the flower stalks turn brown after a while, and the water becomes cloudy at the same time. Now take the time to take the tulips out of the vase for a cut. This measure vitalizes the flowers, which results in an extra long shelf life.

Fresh tulips have to squeak

Perfect cutting of tulips will come nowhere if you don't put fresh flowers in the vase. As a hobby gardener, you know how to assess the freshness of your tulips in the bed. When it comes to cut flowers from the store, don't just listen to the full-bodied promises of the seller. Instead, prick your ears. If stems and leaves make screeching noises, hold dewy tulips in your hands.

Better not to completely replace the water

It is characteristic of tulips that as cut flowers in the vase they do not think about stopping growth. Rather, the cell elongation continues unabated after the incision. If the cloudy water is completely replaced after a few days, the nutrients it contains give the flowers additional momentum. The rapid growth significantly shortens the shelf life.

We therefore recommend that you decorate tulips in a glass vase. In this way you can see the consumption promptly so that you can fill up with fresh water in good time. In this way, the joy of the spring bouquet will last longer.


Tulips and daffodils should not be combined in one vase. Although the two spring bloomers complement each other perfectly, tulips have to pay a lot of tribute to this neighborhood. Daffodils release a substance into the water that completely blocks the ducts in tulips, so that the flowers wither in no time at all.