Tulips are the quintessential spring flower. They come in a great variety of shapes and colors, and are typically very affordable blooms. Once a rare site in weddings, tulips are rapidly regaining popularity as a bright pop to bride’s wedding flowers.
They look great in a variety of wedding styles. Tulips can be elegantly bunched together for an elegantly traditional bouquet, or placed in a posy of roses to add a wild and fun look. Their feel will be defined by what color and style you choose and how you incorporate them with other flowers.
Tulips come in Dutch, French, Parrot, Fringed, or Double; each having their own unique beauty to bring to your wedding day.
Dutch tulips are the most affordable and come in consistent, bold colors. These are the types you will find in the grocery store or grow from bulbs. Their hue can be monochromatic or bi-colored.
French Tulips are the biggest and longest stems of all the varieties. They are often used in larger arrangements such as altar pieces due to their large blossoms. Because of their size and long stems, these tend to be a little pricier.
Parrot tulips usually are multi-colored and have ruffled edges on their petals. They grow very quickly and open up into large beautiful blooms. Sometimes when they are fully opened they aren’t even recognizable as a tulip!
Double tulips are my personal favorites. They tend to look like a peony in my opinion. Double tulips (also called late blooming, or peony tulips) are characterized by a second layer of petals that gives a more full and fluffy appearance.
Fringed tulips, as the name implies, are fringed on their petal’s edges. The frill adds great texture to your flowers.
Tulips are by nature a spring flower and are largely available January through April. Although some varieties you can get from November through May.
Tulips are fairly DIY friendly. They are cost effective and pretty hardy blooms. They are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. I would say that can be a little tricky to arrange depending on what you want to do with them.
If you are doing an all tulip bouquet or arrangement, in my opinion that can be tough. Just because you are gathering a lot of thick stems together and trying to create a round shape is difficult. If you are mixing them in with other blooms, they are no problem though.
One quick word to the wise, a very unique aspect about tulips is that they continue to grow after being cut! That means they you could have arranged your bouquets, and when you come back the next day the tulips are in all different positions. Personally, I love this aspect of tulips and I think it adds to the ‘natural’ look of an arrangement.
Here are lots of great options if you’re interested in ordering tulips. I just want to order every single one of these and have a big tulip party!
Flower Care Guide
If you order from one of the wholesalers above, you will always receive flower care instructions. Make sure to follow those carefully as they may vary from type to type.
Before you receive your tulips make sure to have a clean/sanitized container to store your flowers in. Because the stems firm up and take shape as they hydrate, I recommend a container that is at least 2/3 as tall as the stems so they don’t flop over and become lopsided.
Add water to the container – four to six inches is enough – and mix in the prescribed amount of floral food. As soon as the blooms arrive you should start unpacking them.
Flowers go through a special dehydration process to allow them to survive shipping and handling, so when you first receive them they will look sad and wilted. Have no fear, they will be beautiful and perky in a few hours.
As you unpack the tulips, cut over an inch off the bottom of the stem diagonally with a knife or florists clippers (never use scissors, they smoosh the stem and inhibit the flower from drinking water). And place immediately in the water.
Some people even cut the stems off under running water or in a separate container with water to help the flowers drink and not get air bubbles in the stem.
Allow the tulips at least four hours to hydrate at room temperature. I recommend storing them in a cool, dark, and dry place – like a basement – after the first four hours.
Keep the tulips hydrated as much as possible. And store them in a cool dark place. If there is even a single source of light, the tulips will grow in that direction and change the layout of your arrangement.
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