At The Wild Bunch, we love the beginning of the New Zealand Tulip season which arrives well before spring even before the first of the winter frosts. From the month of March, until they finish in December, Tulips are grown throughout New Zealand. They prefer a frost to help develop the flower bud but our clever growers trick them to bring the flowers on early for our enjoyment. Tulips come in a variety of styles from single, double, fringed petals and many more!
Tulips are intriguing vase flowers as they continue to grow after being cut, up to 5 cm, or more. They are “phototropic”, bending towards the light, so rotate containers daily to keep stems more upright.
Tulip average vase life is 5 to 7 days with proper care.
To care for your Tulips, Select a tall vase that will support the tulips, as they will continue to grow for 2 to 5 cm after cut.
Add room temperature water to the vase but only a quarter full as Tulips will drown and become leggy if they have too much water, add a small amount of flower food to the vase. Cut the tulip stems diagonally.
Place the vase in a cool spot, out of the sunlight and away from any fruit or fruit bowl.
Tulips are thirsty flowers, so top up the vase with fresh water daily.
Did you know that the Nomads brought the colourful flowers to Turkey, where sultans began wearing a tulip on their turban? That’s how the flower got its name: ‘Tulipan’ translating to ‘turban’. During the 1600s tulips were extremely valuable which created “Tulip Mania” where they were traded for their value which apparently was equal to or more than the price of most people’s homes….luckily at The Wild Bunch, we have beautiful tulip bunches at reasonable prices!