by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.
April Arrives with Bulb Flowers and Bees! I am so glad that spring has finally made its appearance! We can now enjoy the landscape color around us after the drab and gray winter. The spring-flowering daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are all in bloom. While you enjoy beautiful outdoor flowers of the many types of tulips available, you can also cut them and bring them inside to brighten up the house, especially on those rainy April days. A bunch of cut tulips from your yard will last six to eight days indoors. When cutting the tulips, use a sharp knife and cut the tips of the stems off at a slight angle. This will help the stems take up water. Unlike most cut f lowers, tulips keep growing in the vase. In addition, as they grow taller ~ often an inch or more ~ they tend to bend toward the light. Most people enjoy the unpredictable twists and turns of the tulips. However, if you want to re-
straighten the stems, simply remove the flowers from the vase, re-trim the stem tips, and roll the tulips in newspaper with the paper extending above the flower tops, but not covering the lower third of the stems. Place the wrapped bunch upright in a container of cool water, deep enough to submerge the exposed stems. Leave in a cool place for an hour or two. Your tulips will soon be standing tall and you can return them to the vase. 85
Tidewater Times April 2016