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How long do tulips last?

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Cut tulip flowers typically last up to 10 days in water. Tulip plants usually flower from early to mid spring.

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Tulip blossoms can usually last 7 to 10 days in a vase of water, but they may only last a few days if they are not cared for properly. To extend the life of tulip flowers, buy or cut flowers while they are still unopened. Before adding the tulips to a vase, cut off the ends diagonally with a pair of sharp scissors. Add tulips to a vase filled with lukewarm water and a floral preservative. Top up the water periodically and replace the water if it starts to look cloudy.

Tulips are perennial plants that grow from bulbs. They are native to central Asia; however, most bulb varieties in the United States originated from the Netherlands, where tulips are widely cultivated. Like many other bulbs, tulips come up in the spring. Different varieties of tulips blossom at different times, and the length of the blooming period depends on the variety.

Tulip bulbs must be chilled in order to grow and bloom. Therefore, gardeners should plant tulip bulbs in fall or early winter. If they cannot plant bulbs during the colder seasons or they live in a warmer climate zone, they can also store bulbs in a cool, dry place over the winter or chill them in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

Tulip bulbs themselves can last for several years. Gardeners can extend the lifespans of their bulbs by "deadheading" the plants, which is the practice of removing flowers after they start to wilt. Gardeners should cut back the leaves after they start to turn yellow.

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