Tips: flower arranging in a tulip vase

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06 June 2024 | Heinen Delfts Blauw

Tips for flower arranging in a tulip vase. None other than lifestyle queen Martha Stewart has discovered Heinen Delfts Blauw's tulip vases and she is such a fan of them that she made an atmospheric instructional video that includes tips & tricks on how to fill tulip vases with flowers. We have summarized her instructions for you in this blog so you can put a beautifully decorated tulip vase á la Martha Stewart on the table yourself!

Preparing tulips according to Martha Stewart
Just opened: If you want to enjoy your filled tulip vase as long as possible, it is important to choose the right tulips. Some tulips wilt after only a day, while others stay beautiful for a full week. According to Martha Stewart, it is best to choose tulips that are just coming out of bud. Do not touch the petals, as they are very fragile and a bruised petal will fall off much faster.

Pierce a hole: If you have found a beautiful bouquet of tulips that are still in the bud, take a needle or a pin and poke it horizontally through the stem. Just below the flower bud. Then take the pin out again. This small hole will allow the trapped oxygen to flow out of the stem, and this will prevent the stem from growing further and bending the tulip. This keeps your tulip firmly upright.

Cut stem: Measure the tulip on the outside of the tulip vase to see how far you need to cut the stem. For a fuller look, leave one green leaf per tulip on the stalk. Cut the stem at an angle so the thirsty tulip can absorb as much water as possible.

Flower arranging with tulips according to Martha Stewart
Many spouts: Choose a tulip vase with several spouts to give the delicate flower stems the support they need. This way, your tulips will stay beautiful longer. Depending on the type of tulip, you can put one or up to two tulips per spout. Double tulips or parrot tulips are larger and need more space to open properly, so use one flower per spout from those types of tulips.

Use contrast: Alternate large and small tulip varieties for a fascinating bouquet. Use plain smooth tulips and alternate them with tulips with serrated petals. Choose single-colored tulips that you combine with tulips with a flamed center. Martha herself prefers a color combination of yellow, orange and black tulips, which are actually a deep purple color rather than being truly black. One of her favorite tulips is the Princess Irene tulip. An orange tulip with a flamed, brown center that stays very nice in vases and pairs well with other colors and varieties.

Big to small: Depending on the type of tulip vase, also look at the size of the tulip. In a pyramid vase, you put the biggest eye catcher all the way into the spout on top that is upright. In the layer below that, you also put large tulips. In the layers after that, you stick tulips from small to large, with the largest tulips sitting at the very bottom, in the widest water container.

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