Spring is coming and we all want to brighten up our home with flowers! But did you know that some (cut) flowers just don’t know when to stop growing? Perfect for those of you who want to benefit from their beautiful flowers as long as possible. In this article, we will share the varieties that keep growing after being cut.
Never ending Tulips
The special charm of Tulips is that they keep growing once they’re in a vase and gain an inch in height or even more. But they are also known as the flowers that dance in your vase! This occurs as the stems grow upward, the large flower heads respond and grow towards the light. The flowers open wide during the day and close at night.
Wondering how you should properly cut your Tulips? Before arranging the tulips, condition them by re-cutting the base of the stem with a sharp knife. This will open up the flower’s water-uptake channels. Tulips don’t need flower food and you should keep them away from direct sunlight, heaters lamps and all other sources of heat.
Hyacinths – year after year
Many people can’t get enough of the lovely scented blue Hyacinths on pot. But how do you make sure that they will be flowering again after they’ve grown out of their bulb? The only thing you have to do is cut off the flower spikes so they don’t put any energy into making seeds and leave all the cut remains in the pot, as this will feed next year’s bulbs. Afterwards, you should move the pot outside or to a sunny spot and keep watering the Hyacinth weekly. When all the natural waste has completely resolved into the soil, which will take at least six weeks, you can either lift the bulbs from the pot and store them in a dry, dark place ready for repotting next autumn or leave them in the pot.
Tip: the key to success with Hyacinths is very good drainage and as much sunshine as possible in both winter and summer.
By late summer or fall, the reblooming irises will transform from a spring flower into an autumn beauty. But not all irises are re-bloomers, the common irises will only bloom once. There are several types of rebloomers:
- Rebloomers are irises that produce two or more blooms each year.
- Cycle bloomers produce a spring crop of flowers, then lie low during summer, and will be flowering again in fall.
- Repeaters produce new flowers soon after the first spring flush dies back, extending the bloom season to one or two months.
- All-season rebloomers produce flowers irregularly throughout the season.
Reblooming iris varieties require more effort for successful cultivation. To ensure that your reblooming irises will actually bloom again after being cut, make sure to irrigate and fertilise them regularly. Reblooming irises need weekly irrigation during the spring and summer months.