It will be a while yet before we see tulips blooming in our yards, but they are available in just about every store. There are bundles of cut tulips in grocery stores and at convenience counters and even potted tulips ready to bloom in hardware stores. Who can resist? We certainly deserve a little taste of spring.
If you succumb and bring some home, remember… tulips like to chill. Keep them in a cool room… easy enough to do these days… and away form sources of heat. If you like to keep the heat cranked up, you can help your tulips last by dropping an ice cube in their water, every few days. The ice cube will melt, cooling the rest of the water as it does. For potted tulips, place one or two ice cubes right on the soil and let them slowly ooze down to the roots.
And if you think your cut tulips are making some pretty crazy moves, you’re not wrong. Tulips keep growing, even after they’re cut, which is unusual for plants. Tulip stems keep growing upward, but the flowers are phototropic and lean towards the light. This can make for some seriously contorted stems and a bouquet that will go its own way, no matter how you try to tame it. Consider it one of tulips many charms.