Monday, January 21, 2013
Quirky Tip #3 - Perky Tulips
Do your tulips start to droop the moment you bring them home and place them on display? Do they hang their heads as though in shame? Not to worry, it's nothing a few short minutes and a safety pin can't remedy.
Naturally, it helps to begin by choosing the healthiest, most robust bouquet of tulips from amongst those on offer at your local florist shop.
Once you get your pretties home, trim the bottom of the stems to freshen them up and adjust their height to suit your vase of choice. Fill the vase with lukewarm water - no one enjoys the shock of being dunked unceremoniously into a tub of cold water.
Now for the magic: Insert the business end of your safety pin all the way through the middle of each flower stem approximately 1/4 of an inch below the base of the petals, creating a tiny hole.
That's it. That's all it takes to prolong the life and vitality of your tulips and keep them standing tall and proud.
I'm not sure why this works, but I think the 'air vent' helps the flowers draw water up the stem, allows the air to escape, and keeps them nourished longer.