How To: Make Your Tulips Last Longer

How To: Make Your Tulips Last Longer

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Maxwell Ryan
Apr 22, 2004

Fresh flowers make a city apartment happy. A year or so ago, I wrote about the importance of buying fresh flowers each week for your home. Problem is that some flowers, especially tulips, that you find in the city don't last that long and quickly shed their petals, staining your white tablecloth... Here is a tip that Sara found in Breck's Flower catalogue to solve the problem: "Cut the stems diagonally. Wrap the entire flower (head and stem) "tightly" in newspaper. Place stem in water overnight. Remove the paper and recut the stems. Transfer the tulips to a vase with fresh water and plant food. Add water as needed and keep out of direct sun and drafts. Enjoy blooms for 7-10 days." Voila! MGR

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