With the lengthening of days, our thoughts naturally turn to
the arrival of Spring and warmer weather. Welcome Spring into your
home with armfuls of tulips, beautiful blooming branches and fragrant
hyacinth. The bright colors and luscious scents will brighten up even
the snowiest of days.
Spring blooms, such as tulips, hyacinth and daffodils prefer
cool water in their vases.Changing the water every day or so, and
adding floral preservative will help them to last longer. Blooming
branches, such as forsythia, quince, flowering plum and flowering
cherry should be re cut with sharp pruning shears and placed in warm
water. To hasten blooming process of forced branches, place them in a
warm area, or you may place a plastic bag over them to create a"greenhouse" effect.
Tulips have a phototropic response, which means they respond
to light. I always enjoy watching the tulips "travel", move around in
the vase and stretch. It is a delight to see how they rearrange
themselves from day to day. To straighten tulip stems upon arrival,
we wrap the heads loosely in white tissue paper, recut them and place
them in our cooler. The next day, we remove the wrapping, and
-Voila!- straight stems.