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How To Cut Tulips

Tulips are a popular spring flower that can be found in many gardens, but they can also be grown indoors. Tulip bulbs are easy to grow and come in a variety of different colors and sizes. Growing tulips is not difficult, but the bulbs do need to be planted properly for the flowers to grow well.

How To Cut Tulips

Here is the complete process explained in detail on how to cut tulips:

Step 1:

1. Remove the leaves and stems from the bottom third of the flower stem. Use sharp, clean pruning shears to cut off all but an inch or two of foliage and stems. Don’t cut into the bulb itself.

Step 2:

2. Cut back the remaining stems at an angle just above a leaf node (where a leaf is attached).

Step 3:

3. Dig up tulip bulbs after they bloom and before they start to die back naturally, which usually occurs in early summer.

Step 4:

4. Replant bulbs as soon as possible after digging them up so they have time to establish themselves before winter arrives in your area. Planting too late can result in poor growth and flowering next year, so it’s best not to leave this job until fall or even early fall when you’re busy with other things like raking leaves, mowing lawns and doing garden cleanup chores!

Tips for How To Cut Tulips

Here are 5 things to take care of with respect to how to cut tulips:

1. Tulips should be stored in a place that is dark and where they won’t get too hot or cold. A refrigerator works well for this purpose.

2. Before you cut the stems, make sure you trim off any leaves and buds from the stem. The best time to do this is when you are about to put your tulips in water (see #3).

3. Put your tulips in water as soon as possible after cutting them! You can store them in water for up to 10 days before the flowers start to die, so it is important that you put them in water right away!

4. Make sure that the water level is higher than the bottom of the stems so that they don’t sit in stagnant water. If it isn’t, add additional water until it is higher than the bottom of the stems.

5. It is not recommended that you store your tulips outside because they are susceptible to heat and moisture damage if not properly stored!

Interesting Facts About Tulips

Here are 5 things you should know about tulips:

1. Tulips have been around for a very long time

Tulips originated in central Asia, Turkey and Iran and were cultivated by the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. They were introduced to Europe in the early 17th century and grew well across Northern Europe. By 1634, tulip bulbs sold for 10 times more than the cost of a house! However, it was not until the mid-18th century that they became popular in Holland. The Dutch loved them so much that their economy was almost entirely based on growing tulips. Unfortunately, when tulip prices began to fall due to overproduction, people started selling their bulbs before they had even bloomed. This caused a panic and many people went bankrupt as a result of this economic disaster known as Tulip Mania.

2. There are many different kinds of tulips

There are about 20 species of tulip that are native to Central Asia and Turkey, but there are over 100 cultivars (different varieties) of tulips grown today! In addition to these species and cultivars, there are also hybridized varieties (cross-breeds between two or more species). The most common types of tulips grown today include: Parrot (bright red with yellow tips), Red Riding Hood (striped red with white stripes), Queen Elizabeth II (white with purple streaks), Admiral van der Eycken (yellow with red streaks) and Semper Augustus (red).


You can cut tulips after they bloom, but it is not a good idea. If you cut the flower stem off of the plant, it will not be able to produce more flowers for you. You will also be cutting off any chance at a bulb forming on that stem. Tulips are very sensitive to being cut after they bloom.

How do I grow tulips?

Tulips prefer full sun and well drained soil. They like slightly acidic soil and should be planted in early spring before the last frost of winter. They need to be planted with the top of their bulb 2 inches below the surface of the soil (you can plant them deeper if you want, but this is what most people do).

The bulbs should be spaced about 6-8 inches apart from each other. Water them well until they are established and then water regularly when they start growing again in spring (usually around May or June). You can fertilize them once a month during their growing season with a fertilizer that has phosphorus in it (look for “phosphorus” on the label).

Cut the stems at an angle, with a sharp knife or shears. Be sure to cut just above a leaf node (where a new leaf is growing) to encourage new growth.

How do you care for tulips in vases?

Choose tulips that are naturally well-shaped and have healthy leaves. Keep the water level below the base of the flower so it doesn’t rot. If leaves turn yellow, change the water and cut off any brown foliage.

Yes, tulips will regrow after they are cut. If you are cutting your tulips for indoor decoration or to create a bouquet, make sure to cut the stems at least 3 inches from the base of the bulb. If you want to grow them again next year, leave 5 inches of stem on the bulbs.

Tulip flowers are actually made up of multiple petals that open together in a fan shape. The petals are deeply notched with an inner and outer lip. The outer lip is much larger than the inner one and has a petal-like appearance. Tulip flowers come in many different colors and sizes, including reds, yellows, oranges, purples and whites.

I cut them down to the ground after they are done blooming and before they start to fade. I don’t know if this is a good idea or not, but it seems like the right thing to do.

What kind of fertilizer do you use?

I have used Miracle Grow for years. I am going to try some organic, slow release stuff next year. I think that will be better for the flowers and my tomatoes.