How to pick tulips

This is how we pick tulips

Learn how to pick daffodils here

**We recommend bringing your own small bucket with water to keep your flowers hydrated on the ride home. The bucket can stay in the car.

NOTE: Tulips and daffodils should not be placed in the same vase.  The life of your tulips will be greatly reduced if they are put in the same vase together. They can co-mingle after they have been in separate vases for at least 24 hours. 

1. Pick out your basket - We provide you with picking baskets/buckets to carry your flowers (picking baskets are not for sale).

1. Pick out your basket - We provide you with picking baskets/buckets to carry your flowers (picking baskets are not for sale).

2. When you find a tulip you want, reach down as close to the soil level as possible, grasp the stem and pull straight up. 

2. When you find a tulip you want, reach down as close to the soil level as possible, grasp the stem and pull straight up. 

You might get a flower bulb. Flower bulbs are cut off at the wrapping station. If you wish to keep your flower bulbs, they are an additional $1 per bulb.

You might get a flower bulb. Flower bulbs are cut off at the wrapping station. If you wish to keep your flower bulbs, they are an additional $1 per bulb.

You might not get a flower bulb. Some varieties have multiple flowers on a single stem, they are still $1 per stem. Pick as many tulips as your heart desires but please only pick what you intend to purchase.

You might not get a flower bulb. Some varieties have multiple flowers on a single stem, they are still $1 per stem. Pick as many tulips as your heart desires but please only pick what you intend to purchase.

 

3. When you're finished picking, head to our self-serve processing station. If you need assistance, a staff member should be close by.

 

4. Bulbs are cut off at the wrapping station. If you wish to keep your bulbs, they are an additional $1 per bulb. if you want to replant them, you must not cut the stem from the bulb.  The bulb uses energy from the leaves to produce next year’s growth.  The leaves are nature’s solar panels - they collect the sun's energy and charge the bulb for next year.  Tulips are planted in the fall for spring flowering and their chance of surviving after they've been pulled from the ground in the spring is greatly reduced. We treat tulips as annuals and plant new bulbs each year. Learn more about tulips perennializing here.

4. Bulbs are cut off at the wrapping station. If you wish to keep your bulbs, they are an additional $1 per bulb. if you want to replant them, you must not cut the stem from the bulb.  The bulb uses energy from the leaves to produce next year’s growth.  The leaves are nature’s solar panels - they collect the sun's energy and charge the bulb for next year.  Tulips are planted in the fall for spring flowering and their chance of surviving after they've been pulled from the ground in the spring is greatly reduced. We treat tulips as annuals and plant new bulbs each year. Learn more about tulips perennializing here.

Place cut bulbs in one of the composting bins.

Place cut bulbs in one of the composting bins.

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5. Use the kraft paper provided in the processing tables and count your stems as you lay them out on the paper.

5. Use the kraft paper provided in the processing tables and count your stems as you lay them out on the paper.

6. Wrap your beautiful bunch, tape it up and write the number of stems and flower bulbs on the outside of the paper.

6. Wrap your beautiful bunch, tape it up and write the number of stems and flower bulbs on the outside of the paper.

 

7. Proceed to the checkout counter and please remember to return your picking basket/bucket.

 

8. Trim 1/4 inch off of the ends when you get home and place the flowers in cool water.  No flower preservative is needed for flowers this fresh, just change the water every 3 days or so and keep the flowers away from direct sunlight and heat. Quick Tip: The cooler you keep your flowers, the longer they will last. 

 

9. Design your arrangement and enjoy the fresh-cut beauty you picked yourself!

9. Design your arrangement and enjoy the fresh-cut beauty you picked yourself!

Thanks for visiting the Festival of Spring!

Thanks for visiting the Festival of Spring!