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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Tulipa - Tulip

Tulipa

Plaited tulips in my I’ve got my head in the clouds design.

Common name

Tulip

Origin

Even though we normally associate tulips with Holland it originates from the North Himalayas. Today Holland supplies most of the world market with tulips

Varieties

There are many varieties available. Most important to the cut flower industry is the bell shape traditional tulip, the parrot tulip with its ruffled petals and the lily flowering tulip with its pointed petals.

Colors

yellow, red, green, white, cream, dark purple, lilac, pink and more also bi-coloured

Vase life

Five to ten days with proper care. Tulips are harvested before you can even see their colour with the flower heads tucked into the leaves. They will continue to grow, about the size of the flower head per day, in water.

Scent

None

Uses

The stems curve and bend gracefully. Looks fantastic if you reflex the petals. It is also possible to keep the flowers in tight bud. Arrange in water rather than floral foam.

Conditioning

Because the growers pull the flowers from the bulbs when harvesting you will notice a white end on all the stems. This white area is very firm and prevent the stem from loosing moisture but also from taking up moisture. Cut the stem at an angle just above the white area. Place the stems in cold water to condition. To open the flowers quicker you can condition the flowers in warmer water. Add flower food formulated for bulb flowers to the water. Tulips are geotropic, condition them in an upright position. The stems will also be straighter if you wrap the tulips in brown paper or leave it tightly wrapped while conditioning. Tulips can cause allergic reactions. Wash your hands after working with tulips.

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Related Designs

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Craft an everything is still growing spring design to celebrate... what we love!

24 March 2021 To two too!

A Spring Tulip celebration design... with a special message

10 February 2021 Float a swirling vine nest in a small vase to help keep your flowers in place

Turn a flower vase into a bud vase by floating a smaller container inside the larger one.

10 February 2021 My valenVine

An... everything is moving... design. The tulips are growing and the small vine filled vase is bopping around in the water. And if you lean them against each other just right it...

20 January 2021 Curve a feather

A small adjustment to the shape of the feather creates a more whimsical look.

20 January 2021 Trapped Bubble Double Shallow Vase Design

Trap air between two vases to create a third circle... and frame for a small feather hint to a hopeful Spring

20 January 2021 Hope Bubble

That good old double vase trick... but this time I deliberately added a bubble between the two layers to create a third circle in the design.

1 April 2020 Using your seriously cool hot glue skills to glue a wire support for a tulip stem

A clever almost concealed wire support to keep a single tulip flower upright in a minimal bud design.

1 April 2020 Hang in there!

Keeping this tulip upright requires less magic and more hot glue skills... but it looks magical never the less.

26 February 2020 Weave a grass Platform for an opening Tulip bud

Tulips continue to grow as they open. This means you not only have to be mindful of their proportions as they are now... but also as they will be once open.

26 February 2020 To top it all off

This is a great "space-keeper" design. The tulip will continue to grow into the vase height as they open... but until then the grass platform part of the design diverts your...

6 February 2019 Winter White Twig Screen

Glue twigs to screen delicate flowers for a wintry design.

6 February 2019 Tread softly on winter

A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.

16 January 2019 Delicate Twig Hammock Armature to keep tulips upright in a shallow container

Craft a suspended armature to create a clear winter design.

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.

4 April 2018 Tap in a Twig Support

Wedge snipped twigs into a glass vase to act as a support for your flowers

4 April 2018 Grow on it

Wedge twigs into a vase to create a grid.

22 February 2017 Perfect!

Tulips are so perfect just as they are all that is needed is to simply drape their graceful leaves around the flowers

10 February 2016 Be My Twig-Heart

Glue an upright twig heart for a freestanding Valentine's display

27 January 2016 Sprouting willow armature

Carefully manipulate and bend green willow stems to place in water to sprout as an armature for tulips to mature and open

27 January 2016 Well, I'll be

Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems

21 January 2015 Braiding three Tulip stems

Plait Tulip stems

21 January 2015 Tiptoe through the Tulips

Braid Tulip stems to set in water

30 April 2014 Scattered

Scatter some dried grass to make a floral armature

19 March 2014 One of one of everyone

Float flowers using a bubble wrap raft

24 April 2013 Hanging Space

Suspend small bud vases with Macramé-like knotted wool. This design is featured on The Fusion Flowers Magazine... Fusion Links page.

19 June 2012 Designing a Feeling

The emotions your designs inspire give real meaning to your work. My article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

15 March 2012 A Floral Fable Design demonstration at the Capilano Flower Arranging club

My demonstration explored ways to tell a story with floral art designs

30 March 2012 Keep pod shaped flowers in bud for longer

Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design

21 March 2012 Where to cut Tulips to condition

Here is a trick to make sure your tulips will condition thoroughly

21 March 2012 A Floral Fable: Mood Design

This is a detailed look at my first Floral Fable demonstration design

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I did a Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club. Over the next few weeks I will show the designs in detail and add the design tutorials. This week I’ll...

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Time Saving Tips and Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

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I wrote this article for Wedding Business Success (an online meeting place for the wedding industry) exploring a positive way of looking at creativity and... stealing!

3 January 2012 Bubble raft to float flowers

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3 January 2012 Going Cold Twinkle Turkey

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11 May 2011 Slow down tulip growth, after the stems have been severed from the bulbs

Tulips continue to grow after being cut. Sometimes when you make a very small design or for competition or bridal work you want to minimize growth. The best way to do this is to...

11 May 2011 It's Tulip Time!

Tulips continue to grow once the stem is severed from the bulb. More often than not you can use this growth to create an ever changing design. But sometimes you want that tulip...

8 March 2011 ANTI-BACTERIAL

Waxed fruit and a Hot Glue nest

3 March 2011 Reflex Tulip Petals

Tulip petals can be opened or reflexed to create a fuller bloom

1 March 2011 FLOAT

Reflex Tulip and Passion Fruit Tendrils in a wax disk

3 February 2011 I've got my head in the clouds

Wax and Rainbow Oasis keep the flower heads in place.