Tulips – Fun facts and caring tips

Taking care of your cut tulips and plants

Tulips are known for their beauty, popularity and being a favourite all year long. Today there are over 3000 varieties of cultivated tulips and a whopping 75 wild tulip species! Every year Holland grows and exports billions of tulips around the world. In this post, we are going to share some fun facts, and tell you how to care for your tulips, as fresh cut flowers and potted plants.


Fun Facts:

  • Few know this, but in South Africa, Tulips are actually wintering flowers. They are rare in the warmer months of the year when they are grown in cold rooms.
  • Worldwide they are the third most popular flower, only beaten by Roses and Chrysanthemum.
  • They are the only cut flowers that grow in water!
  • Tulips feel the drop in temperature at night and close their petals.
  • The tulip’s petals are edible! Depending on the colour, they range from being sweet, to tasting a bit bland. PS. If you want to try this, the pink, white and peach petals are the sweetest, and the red and yellow the most flavourful.
  • About 90% of South Africa’s tulips are exported.
  • Tulip bulbs multiply when dormant.
  • Tulips are one of few flowers that have pores along the stem that absorb water!

Tried and tested myths that actually work:

  • If your tulip’s head flops to the side, simply pinch it through the neck with a needle or pin. The head will lift up soon after that and you might get an extra day or two of its beauty.
  • Or, you can drop a coin in the water. The reaction from the water and the copper has the tulip lifting its head up again.

Taking care of your cut Tulips:

  • First off, always buy tulips while they are still in bud. By the time you get home, they might have already opened, especially in the South African weather!
  • The first thing to do with your cut tulips is to cut down the bottom of the stems as its pores have closed. When you cut the stems, you open the pores again for the stems to absorb the water.
  • Once placed in a vase, only add about 5cm of water. Only top water up once a day. Don’t over water it, as it absorbs the water faster, causing the head to flop sooner.
  • Fresh tulips don’t need plant food – it simply needs fresh water to stay alive.
  • Fresh tulips are better on their own in a bouquet, as they only have a five-day life expectancy.
  • REMEMBER: Tulips thrive in a cool environment as they are fragile.
Tulips in vases

Spoil someone special with a beautiful tulip flowering plant or bouquet from NetFlorist.


Caring for your Tulip Plants:

  • Tulip plants are grown in cold rooms in South Africa.
  • Keep the plants away from heat as it causes faster development.
  • Only water your plant twice a week. If you want, you can put water in a drip tray and place your tulip pot in there so it can absorb the water as needed.
  • Once the colour of the tulip flower starts showing, the life expectancy of the tulip plant is around a week to a week and a half.
  • Once the flower dies, you can cut it down and take the bulb out of the soil. Place it in a dry and dark place, or plant in a dry area in the garden.
  • The bulbs multiply in the ground in their dormant state.
  • In the late summer, you can plant your bulbs again for them to bloom during the winter season.
Tulips potted plants and bouquets available.

NetFlorist has the most amazing range of potted plants and flowering plants, like these beauties: Tulip flowers.

Tulips are beautiful flowers and although they don’t have an exceptionally long lifespan, they are beauties you want in your home and office! NetFlorist has tulips that come in just about every shade of colour and we know that these amazing flowers are an awesome gift for just about any and every occasion.

Flowers For An Anniversary

Anniversary Flowers

When holidays representing love and romance come around, there are loads and loads of shops filled with duplicated flower bouquets, teddy bears and chocolate boxes ready for all too eager customers. Unlike a holiday, anniversaries are a personal, special occasion. You’ve got to do something with a little more dazzle and sparkle. It’s par for the course then to add in the extra details when you order anniversary flowers online to make it a memorable anniversary for her.

Anniversary Flowers

Anniversary Flowers

How do you go about making it an unforgettable day? Buy anniversary flowers online with a special touch at net florist. We’re glad you’ve come to consult us, because we happen to have the top tips and the best anniversary flower ideas to put a broad smile on your bokkie’s face next time that anniversary comes around.

Anniversary Roses

Roses for an anniversary

Just like there are gifts by anniversary year, (for example wood for the 5th anniversary year which represents strength, solidity and warmth) there are flowers by anniversary year. Here is the down low on the anniversary flowers by year so that you can pick the perfect flower bouquet!

Is it your first year anniversary and you’re fretting at what to get for the perfect anniversary flowers? The 1st anniversary flower is carnations – which represent purity and humble beginnings. Buy carnations for your anniversary flowers with same day delivery from netflorist.

For the 3rd year anniversary, sunflowers are the symbol of flexibility within marriage. Show her your appreciation for all those times when you meet each other halfway (especially when the rugby is coming on and she’s right in the middle of a soppy romantic flick), and buy a bright anniversary bouquet of sunflowers for a unique celebration.

anniversary flowers

Lovely anniversary flowers

What is the 5th year anniversary flower? Why, the jolly daisy of course! Send daisies online with net florest for anniversary flowers that represent loyal love on such a special day.

More anniversary flowers by year:
10th anniversaries – Daffodils
11th anniversariesTulips
15th anniversariesRoses
25th anniversariesIrises
30th anniversariesLilies
50th anniversaries Yellow roses

If you’re still up for more great anniversary flower ideas for her or even anniversary flowers for him (yes, believe!), feel free to take a leisurely stroll through the NetFlorist site and buy anniversary flowers online.