As promised I want to show you how my Vase on Monday tulips have opened. I think it is always good to know how long flowers last in a vase and how they change; but don’t worry I won’t be doing this with every tulip I grow (well, probably not)!
As I explained on Monday, as soon as the bulbs arrived they were put in the fridge to chill; tulips need 14 to 20 weeks chilling at 4.4°C (40°F). These tulips didn’t have as long as that and so took longer than the 3-4 weeks stated to flower. These Tulip Exotic Emperor had about 8 weeks chilling in the fridge and then were planted into a large pot and placed in my frost free greenhouse; they would flower more quickly, I imagine, if they were in warmer temperature, also the greenhouse temperature fluctuates quite significantly from about 4°C at night to up to about 29°C on a sunny day.
The tulips were picked when the white colour was just showing (Sunday 31st January, above is how they are today, Friday 5th January. They have been kept in a quite warm room but without full sun shining on them during the day.
I am very pleased that the stems have remained straight so far and it will be interesting to see how long they remain straight. I didn’t slit the stem under the flower-head as some sources recommend, it just seems wrong to me!
I’ll show what the vase looks like on Monday.
Have a lovely weekend; I hope the weather is kind and gives you an oportunity to be in your gardens.