🌷Rinse off any dirt (it hides in-between those leaves) and carefully peel away any loose leaves.
🌷Give your tulips a fresh cut at 45 degree angle before placing them in clean water
🌷If you want to fend off the droop as much as possible, cut your stems as directed above, then wrap the top 2/3rds of your tulips in a parchment paper or newspaper sleeve and stand them upright in a tall vase for at least a few hours or overnight. They’ll drink the cool water through straight stems, essentially shaping them from the inside out. The next morning, remove the paper, refresh your water, and your tulips will stand straighter longer.
🌷Arrange them in a tall vase to give them as much support as possible.
🌷Enjoy in a cooler spot, away from direct sunlight
🌷Recut your stems each day. Tulips are the only flowers that continue to grow in the vase. Cutting them keeps them from getting too top-heavy and floppy.
🌷Embrace the droop! The beauty of the tulip is that it looks graceful and beautiful all through its lifecycle, even as it bends and twists and droops and the petals open wide. Love them until the petals begin to fall. The Dutch masters certainly did.
🌷What’s that about a penny? Copper from a penny dropped in the water supposedly keeps tulips from drooping. I don’t know if that’s true, but a floristry student informed me that pennies are no longer made from copper! So we’ll just relegate that little bit of horticultural wisdom to the history books. Keep your pennies for another use.