Tulips are better than one!

Adding bright blooms such as Tulips to our winter days is something us sunny South Africans love to do! In an ideal world, we would want Tulip-season to stay as long as possible. So, we are here to help you make sure these tremendous florals stay blooming for as long as possible.


Choose the Correct Vase

Choosing the right vase is key.  It must cover at least half the height of the tulip stems.  The tulips do love to stretch out and will usually grow upwards, approximately two inches in height during their vase lifetime. Give them space to stretch out in the vase and arrange them so that they don’t clump together. This also helps to reduce petal loss.

Cut the Tulip Stems

Tulips grow after they’re placed in the vase, so we suggest holding the bouquet to the right side of the vase first, and cut the stems to make sure the blooms are the exactly the length you prefer. Cut the Tulips at a 45-degree angle – this creates a ‘straw-like effect’ and allows the stems to soak up the fresh water.

Plenty of  Fresh Water

Cold, fresh water is best. Some garden gurus suggest 3 blocks of ice in the water per 6 flowers. Tulips will drink a lot of water. We suggest changing the water every 2nd day and giving the stems a fresh trim when you change the water.  To keep your blooms blossoming, you can also add flower food. For less conventional solutions, throw a 5c coin at the bottom of the vase, or add lemon juice, or half a teaspoon of regular cane sugar.

Avoid Overexposure To The Sun

Tulips are “photosensitive,” meaning they grow and open based on the sunlight they are exposed to. You should avoid placing the vase in direct sunlight or heat, as they’ll wilt faster once the blooms open up. To achieve maximum floral life, you want to receive tulips at an ‘early’ cut stage or ‘closed’ stage,” like in the bud. Once the Tulips have reached the ‘open’ stage, the life of the flower is sadly quick. Just remember a little bending at the stems is natural for tulips as they “stretch” towards the sunlight, but if the stem looks “floppy,” that’s not a good sign.

Be Careful When Mixing In Different Florals

If you want to include other flowers in your bouquet, one should be mindful that tulips are very sensitive to other flowers. Some other flowers that affect the tulip life cycle are daffodils or narcissus as they emit a substance that will make tulips wilt faster. Tulips are gorgeous enough to be placed in a vase all on their own.

Celia Lopes, NetFlorists go to floral guru says: “Tulips do actually get along very well with Peonies, Roses, Hydrangea and lots of greenery.  So, let your creative juices flow when styling your arrangement or let NetFlorist do it for you. Just no daffodils in the arrangement




Red tulips are the perfect gift for any occasion. They have the power to brighten up anyone’s mood and home. With winter around the corner and people unsure of what will leave a lasting floral scent and memory in the home, Tulips are the perfect purchase.  Send these amazing red tulips planted in moss in a gorgeous, keepsake ceramic pot to a special friend or loved one and be the reason for their smile. Order this beautiful plant with NetFlorist! Colour of the plant may vary.




Be the sender of smiles with a sunny purple tulip plant which is presented in an orange ceramic pot with moss. It will take pride of place in any home or office! It is also a great price for a lasting gesture.




Make someone’s day with a gorgeous purple tulip plant which comes presented in cerise tissue paper with a special black and white striped ribbon. Send now!




Say hello there with this lovely red tulip plant, which comes presented in a ‘Hello’ pot with moss. It works well in the welcome area of any home, hospital or workspace.

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.

Spring Flowers to celebrate Spring Day

Spring flowers That will dazzle

Spring is the time of the year where the flower blossoms bloom, the sun shines warmer on the earth, and jeans, woolly shirts and boots are replaced with shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops. It is also the time to shake off the embrace of the winter months. It is a beautiful time of year where everything just seems to come to life. During this time, it almost feels like a necessity to add a bit of colour to your life, and a great way to do this is to buy spring flowers that please the senses.

As we will soon be swinging into Spring the 1st of September, many will be on the hunt for spring flowers to buy and send to loved ones. But, which flowers do you send that convey the message of springtime? We have selected a bunch of flowers we are fond of for Spring Day for you to choose from.

Spring Flowers - Roses, Tulips and gerberas

Beautiful flowers for Spring Day – Gerbera Daisies, Tulips and Roses.


Roses are popular among many, and as a flower with vast meanings and symbolism, that is no surprise. Roses are the perfect addition to any home or office to brighten up the space for spring. Regardless of the colour, roses are a beautiful gift with their subtle fragrance and beauty.


Known for their bright yellow petals and brown/green centre, sunflowers are great flowers for adding warmth and a sunny feeling in a home or office. They symbolise power, strength and positivity as they always turn their faces towards the sun.


The world’s most recognised and a favourite amongst many. Since tulips are so popular, they are the perfect gift to a loved one to transition into spring. Send a bouquet of tulips in a variety of colours and brighten someone’s living space.

Buy Spring Flowers for Spring Day

A bunch of flowers to celebrate Spring Day – Daisies, Roses, Tulips and Irises


A strikingly unique and beautiful flower, ranging from deep purple and blue to white and yellow. The meaning of sending irises is that of hope. It is perfect as a spring flower, as it gives the hope of new beginnings and bright futures.


South Africans will know these beauties by the amazing burst of colour they are part of from August to October in the Namaqualand. Every year the Namaqualand Flower Route attracts multiple visitors, making it one of the largest attractions in South Africa during springtime.

Beautiful Spring flowers for Spring Day

Flowers for Spring – Irises, Daisies and Gerberas

No matter which Spring flower you choose, you can be sure that they will be appreciated by the smiling recipients. Spring deserves to be celebrated, so show some floral happiness to someone special this Spring Day 2016 with NetFlorist!

Fun Facts About Tulips

Fun Facts About Tulips - NetFlorist - The Rambling Rose

Fun Facts About Tulips

Winter is the perfect season for tulips and we’d thought it would be a great idea to share some facts about these beautiful winter flowers with you.

  • There are about 75 wild species of tulips and 150 species in total with over 3000 varieties.
  • Tulips can have one or more flowers on the stem.
  • Tulips have between 2 and 6 leaves.
  • Tulips live from 3 to 7 days.
  • The tulip is the national flower or Turkey and Afghanistan.
  • Tulip petals were eating during World War II, although some believe that these petals could be poisonous.
  • Tulips are a part of the lily family.

To buy Tulips online at NetFlorist, simply click here to view our range of Tulip bouquets and arrangements!