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.

Birthday Flowers



Statistics suggest that the more birthdays you have, the longer you live! Which makes absolute sense if you think about it…because otherwise you’d be dead. Those lovely folks over there at  NetFlorist love birthdays! In fact if it was left up to them, every day would be a birthday and they’d be like a bajillion years old. NetFlorist peeps love birthdays because a birthday is a day dedicated to you; there is birthday cake, birthday presents, birthday flowers, and birthday balloons and thanks to Facebook- birthday messages and well wishes from your 500 “friends”.

Birthday flowers

Birthday flowers

Those wonderful folk at NetFlorist know that everyone deserves to feel special on their birthday and for that reason they’ve put together an absolutely fabulous selection of birthday flowers to order online. If it’s you mom’s birthday you’re going to want to go out of your way to make her special day as awesome as it can be, after all she did put a lot of effort into helping you become the person you are today. With NetFlorist you can buy and send birthday flowers for mom online, this is a great way to make your mom feel super special on her big day! You could send her a stunning bouquet of pink flowers as a thoughtful birthday gift for her.

flowers for birthday

Birthday flowers

Buying birthday flowers for your wife or girlfriend can be somewhat daunting, but this is where we come in. Net Florist has all the best birthday flower ideas for you to look through and choose from! For your wife or girlfriend you can send an arrangement of pink tulips and gerberas in a vase, which makes for a breath taking birthday flower bouquet gift that we know she’ll love! Or if you want to send birthday wishes of a more romantic kind you can’t go wrong by sending her a mixed rose bouquet! Show up at the front door bearing these flowers and sweep her off her feet to her favourite restaurant and we guarantee that you’ll be named best boyfriend/ husband for months to come!

However you’re looking to help your friends or loved ones celebrate their birthday, you can always log on to NetFlorist to find all the best birthday flower ideas, also it has to be said that we are the go to place to buy and send the best birthday flowers and gifts online, and the bonus of shopping with NetFlorist is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home and we do nationwide, same day delivery which means that if you’ve forgotten that special someone’s birthday, they’ve got your butt covered! All you have to do to do to order birthday flowers online is log on to their site now and get shopping!