Flowering Facts: Tulips

tulipsThough Tulips tend to be associated with Dutch culture, they were actually first grown in the Middle East.  The name “tulip” originates from the Turkish word for “turbin.”  This might have a lot to do with the particular shape of the flower which replicates the look of a turbin.   After being cultivated in the Middle East the tulip made its way to Holland where in the 16th century they were considered precious & sold for extremely high prices. 

Tulips tend to be associated with imagination & love and red tulips were considered to be romantic presents during the Victorian era.

We are celebrating our annual Tulip Celebration.
3/22 – 4/5 at the Boca Raton, Davie and Palmetto Bay Flower Markets.

Stop by to win prizes and take advantage of our sale, SAVE 20% OFF all designer orchid arrangements and stems!

Every Sat during our celebration there is a FREE 2pm Design Demo.  Our skilled designers will show you the best techniques for creating a stunning arrangement using tulips.

No Reservations, No Fees, Just Fun!!!
Bring Family and Friends and enjoy learning together…
Don’t leave after the demo; our designer will raffle off an arrangement to one of our lucky attendees!

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Thanks for reading… www.fieldofflowers.com   1.800.963.7374  (1.800.96.FRESH)

You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

How to stop Tulips from Drooping

Tulip Plant1Tulips are well known for drooping once cut and put into a vase. You can try to avoid this by following a few of these steps. First make sure your Tulips are well hydrated and have the proper nutrients (grab a complimentary packet of our flower food when you stop into our market). You want to try to put your Tulips in a long slender vase to act as a brace to hold them straighter without drooping over the top. Re-cut the stems at an angle with a sharp knife or professional cutting sheers, try to cut the stems about an inch from the bottom while cutting under water. Remove all extra foliage and leaves that will be submerged in the water. You want to remove the excess foliage because those leaves will create bacteria in the vase and kill your fresh cut stems quicker. A trick to training the stems to stand straight is wrapping them gently with a plastic wrap exposing the stems so they can drink the water in the vase. Keep the arrangement like this for about 5 hours or overnight. This will allow the Tulips to absorb water into the stems and keep the shape of the plastic wrap sleeve. Always be sure to keep your Tulips out of direct sunlight, as they tend to follow light sources. Hydrate them frequently because dehydrated Tulips droop quicker…Even give them a fresh trip after a few days to make sure that water uptake is not being slowed by dulled stems with bacteria growth.

Here’s a tip to try! Add a penny dated prior to 1981 to the water. The copper found in the penny may help the Tulips stand up in the vase!

We are celebrating our annual Tulip Celebration.
3/22 – 4/5 at the Boca Raton, Davie and Palmetto Bay Flower Markets.

Stop by to win prizes and take advantage of our sale, SAVE 20% OFF all designer orchid arrangements and stems!

Every Sat during our celebration there is a FREE 2pm Design Demo.  Our skilled designers will show you the best techniques for creating a stunning arrangement using tulips.

No Reservations, No Fees, Just Fun!!!
Bring Family and Friends and enjoy learning together…
Don’t leave after the demo; our designer will raffle off an arrangement to one of our lucky attendees!

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Thanks for reading… www.fieldofflowers.com   1.800.963.7374  (1.800.96.FRESH)

You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

 

Tips for Caring for your Cut Tulips

Tulip GardenTulips are a beautiful Spring garden flower that many like to bring into their homes to show off their beauty. However it seems the beauty of these flowers never lasts as long as desired after being freshly cut. Here are some quick tips to keep your fresh cut Tulips lasting a little longer than there guaranteed freshness date.
Remove any leaves from the stem that would be under water once the tulip is placed in a vase.

Cut the stem about an inch from the bottom to prevent air from entering it and drying it out. If the bottom of the stem is in air too long it will dry up and prevent water and flower food from entering through the stem for nutrition.

Cut the stem when under water so that no air enters the stem and prevents water intake.
Always make angled cuts when cutting the stems of tulips.

Use very sharp shears or a sharp knife when cutting the stems of Tulips. Tulips stems aren’t as thick and strong as others so the outer skin can fray if you cut with a dull knife.

Caring for Tulips in a vase

Every two days cut about one half inch from the bottom of the stem to continue water intake.

Check the level of water frequently and add more as needed to top it off.

Always keep the vase clean with fresh water. Water should never stay foggy or cloudy.

Add a floral nutrient or preservative from a florist to the water.

Set the vase in a cool place away from direct sun, heating vents and drafty areas.

Tip!

Because tulips continue to grow even after being cut, they often bend to conform to their container. If desired, straighten the tulips by securing them in damp newspaper and placing them in lukewarm water for a few hours.

We are celebrating our annual Tulip Celebration.
3/22 – 4/5 at the Boca Raton, Davie and Palmetto Bay Flower Markets.

Stop by to win prizes and take advantage of our sale, SAVE 20% OFF all designer orchid arrangements and stems!

Every Sat during our celebration there is a FREE 2pm Design Demo.  Our skilled designers will show you the best techniques for creating a stunning arrangement using tulips.

No Reservations, No Fees, Just Fun!!!
Bring Family and Friends and enjoy learning together…
Don’t leave after the demo; our designer will raffle off an arrangement to one of our lucky attendees!

___________________________________________________________________________________________

Thanks for reading… www.fieldofflowers.com   1.800.963.7374  (1.800.96.FRESH)

You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

 

Flowering Facts: Tulips

fun facts tulipsThough Tulips tend to be associated with the Dutch culture, they were actually first grown in the Middle East.  The name “Tulip” originates from the Turkish word for “turbin.”  This might have a lot to do with the particular shape of the flower which replicates the look of a turbin.   After being cultivated in the Middle East the tulip made its way to Holland where in the 16th century they were considered precious and sold at an extremely high prices.

Tulips tend to be associated with imagination and love. Red tulips in particular were considered to be a romantic presents during the Victorian era.

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Thanks for reading… www.fieldofflowers.com   1.800.963.7374  (1.800.96.FRESH)

You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

How to stop Tulips from Drooping

Tulip Plant1Tulips are well known for drooping once cut and put into a vase. You can try to avoid this by following a few of these steps. First make sure your Tulips are well hydrated and have the proper nutrients (grab a complimentary packet of our flower food when you stop into our market). You want to try to put your Tulips in a long slender vase to act as a brace to hold them straighter without drooping over the top. Re-cut the stems at an angle with a sharp knife or professional cutting sheers, try to cut the stems about an inch from the bottom while cutting under water. Remove all extra foliage and leaves that will be submerged in the water. You want to remove the excess foliage because those leaves will create bacteria in the vase and kill your fresh cut stems quicker. A trick to training the stems to stand straight is wrapping them gently with a plastic wrap exposing the stems so they can drink the water in the vase. Keep the arrangement like this for about 5 hours or overnight. This will allow the Tulips to absorb water into the stems and keep the shape of the plastic wrap sleeve. Always be sure to keep your Tulips out of direct sunlight, as they tend to follow light sources. Hydrate them frequently because dehydrated Tulips droop quicker…Even give them a fresh trip after a few days to make sure that water uptake is not being slowed by dulled stems with bacteria growth.

Here’s a tip to try! Add a penny dated prior to 1981 to the water.  The copper found in the penny may help the Tulips stand up in the vase!

Field of Flowers will be celebrating their annual Tulip Celebration from Sat 3/16 – Sat 3/23 at the Boca Raton and Davie Flower Markets.

Stop by to win prizes & take advantage of our sale, SAVE 20% OFF all Designer Tulip Arrangements, Stems and Bunches.

Every Sat during our celebration will have a FREE 2pm Design Demo.

Our skilled designers will show you the best techniques on how to create a stunning arrangement using fresh cut Tulip stems or Tulip plants.

No Reservations, No Fees, Just Fun!!!
Bring Family and Friends and enjoy learning together…
Don’t leave after the demo our designer will raffle off their arrangement to one of our lucky attendees!

______________________________________________________________________________________________

Thanks for reading… www.fieldofflowers.com   1.800.963.7374  (1.800.96.FRESH)

You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

Boost Your Joy with Yellow!

Boost Your Mood with Yellow Add a burst of color and a dose of good cheer with yellow! It’s a study-proven happiness booster that will make your home sunnier and your mood happier too!

Sometimes it only takes a can of paint or a few accessories to give your rooms the feeling of a sunny day.  The perfect dinner companion is yellow! It stimulates conversation and makes meals more fun. Choosing a yellow floral centerpiece for your next dinner party will be sure to brighten the mood. Daffodils, sunflowers, tulips and even roses are some beautiful bright yellow flowers that would make any occasion a celebration! Painting an old piece of furniture a happy shade of yellow will give it a fresh look with an uplifting hue. A quick tip if you want to tone down the yellow in your room is to mix it with white or cream colored furniture. Even a white-wash wood piece of furniture would soften the tone. Also keep in mind when choosing a paint swatch, pick a color that is one or two shades lighter than the hue that attracts you because sometimes yellow pigments look more intense on large surfaces.

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Thanks for reading… www.fieldofflowers.com   1.800.963.7374  (1.800.96.FRESH)

You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

The Guy’s Guide to Buying Flowers at Valentine’s Day

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  1. Don’t forget!   Valentine’s Day is always on February 14th.  This year that falls on Tuesday.  Here’s a little memory trick…it’s 9 days after Super Bowl Sunday.  Put a reminder in your smart phone now!  Even easier…pay attention to the Super Bowl ads and notice the one featuring supermodel Adriana Lima.  I know you can do that!  It will be touting the services of one of the big, national marketers of flowers.  That will remind you to order flowers for your sweetheart.  Extra credit…when Adriana comes on, turn to your wife or sweetheart and say “hey, she looks kind of like you, but not as pretty”.
  2. Don’t order from the big, national marketer of flowers.   They are middlemen, so be strong and ignore the entreaties of Adriana.   You’ll get better, more personal service and lower prices from your local florist.
  3. Don’t send flowers in a box.  Another reason to buy from your local florist is so you can send a professionally designed arrangement in a vase.  The national marketer/middlemen may offer you flowers that will be sent overnight; but they will arrive in a box.  If your valentine loves to arrange her own flowers, and has the time and vase to do it, that’s fine.  But she’ll probably want her flowers to arrive ready enjoy.  And when you add all the extra charges when you send flowers in a box, you may not even save much money.
  4. Order early!  It also may save you some serious money, as many florists will increase prices prior to the holiday.   Other reasons… you may be able to secure a better delivery time, stores and phone lines won’t be as crowded.
  5. Have the flowers delivered early.  This may save you money on the delivery charge, and also get you the kind of recognition you want.  Florists will be swamped on Tuesday the 14th.  Your flowers will be the center of attention if you send it to her home on Saturday or Sunday, setting the mood for a romantic weekend, or to the office on Monday.  Florists deliver flowers in bud stage.  They generally open over 5 days or more, so they’ll be at their peak on the 14th.
  6. Consider colors other than red…  Red and white are certainly not the only romantic colors.  Show some style and creativity.  With roses in particular, there are many gorgeous varieties and colors.  Let your florist pick the nicest, freshest available.
  7. Consider products other than roses…  How about orchids flowers or an orchid plant?  Throw around terms “Phalaenopsis” and “dendrobium” and you’ll get instant respect.  Spring flowers like tulips, freesia and hyacinth are also abundant and beautiful this time of year.

Thanks for reading… www.fieldofflowers.com   1.800.963.7374  (1.800.96.FRESH)

You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

Flowering Facts: Tulip Mania

Field of Flowers' Tulips in Glass Block

Flowers to go with your light foods and pastas:

While the food you serve is the showcase at your table, the flowers you choose will complete the setting.  The colors and types of flowers you choose will set the tone for your gathering.  Whether it is an elegant affair or a family picnic, flowers finish the setting with style.

For the lighter fare and with the coming of spring, we suggest tulips arranged simply in a clear vase.   Nothing says spring like tulips and otherHollandflowers.  Simple to make, yet graceful and elegant, take a bunch of tulips in your favorite color, cut ½” off the stems and drop in an 8” bubble bowl.  Tulips will last at least 3 days and  can still be displayed when fully open for a casual look.

Tulips have quite a story to tell.  Over a thousand years ago, Tulips grew wild in Persia and near Kabul with 33 different species.  The word tulip is thought to be a corruption of the Turkish word for turbans.

There are people who eat some varieties of tulip bulbs and Japan makes flour from them.  The Dutch have eaten tulips when no other food was available.

The wealthy began to purchase tulip bulbs that were brought back from Turkey by Venetian merchants.  In 1610, fashionable French ladies wore corsages of tulips, and many fabrics were decorated with tulip designs.  In the seventeenth century, a small bed of tulips was valued at 15,000-20,000 francs.  The bulbs became a currency, and their value was quoted like stocks and shares.

Tulipmania flourished between 1634-1637.  People abandoned jobs, businesses, wives, homes and lovers to become tulip growers.  It is recorded that a Dutchman paid 36 bushels of wheat, 72 of rice, 4 oxen, 12 sheep, 8 pigs, 2 barrels of wine and 4 of beer, 2 tons of butter, 1000 pounds of cheese, a bed, clothes, and a silver cup…for one Vice-Roi bulb!  Hopefully, he didn’t eat it!

The best story…after paying for a bulb with its weight in gold, the new owner heard that a cobbler possessed the same variety.  He bought the cobbler’s bulb and crushed it, to increase the value of his first bulb.

The wealthy speculated on tulip shares.  Bulbs were traded like stock using paper representation of ownership.  About ten million bulbs were represented in the market.  In 1637, speculation became illegal and many people, especially in Holland, were ruined as prices fell.

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for your tulips by the bunch or in a designer created bouquet or flower arrangement.  In store…or we deliver flowers throughout South Florida.

(Note: This blog post, written by Donn F. Flipse, originally appeared as an article in Gold Coast Magazine)

Tulip Celebration!

Visit our stores in Davie or Boca Raton during our celebration to see our exceptional selection of tulips!

WHEN: Saturday, Mar 20 through Sunday, Mar 28

Every Saturday during our Tulip Celebration at our Davie and Boca Raton store  we will have a Free Design
Demo, click here to learn more… 

Flowering Facts about Tulips

oTulips are from Holland, right?Not exactly. Tulips are actually from Turkey.

oThe Tulip is the national flower of Turkey.

oTulip means Turban in Turkish.

oTulips require a sandy soil.A sandy soil is necessary because tulips require a good drainage system.

oTulips symbolize imagination, dreaminess, perfect lover and a declaration of love.

oFresh out of onions? Use your Tulip bulbs instead! Tulip bulbs are a good replacement for onions in cooking.

oWhen you see a tulip that looks like it has stripes it is actually a virus that causes that.Not to worry, it’s grown that way on purpose.

oTulips have a beautiful color and charming aroma; however tulips come in every color except blue and black.

oIt’s been said that if you add a little sugar to the water of your vase your tulips will live longer.

oTulips work well in tall, straight vases although can be arranged in a fan shape in a low, wide bowl.

oTulips also conform to the shape of the container, straight up if in a tall container, twisting to fit into a flat or irregular shaped vase.

oAn interesting fact about tulips is that they actually continue to grow after being cut, up to an inch or more, best to cut them under water.

oDo not place your tulips in direct sun, and keep them away from heating vents or drafts.

oPenny for your thought…. If you would like your tulips to stand straight up as an arrow, don’t forget to drop a penny in your vase!