Need a little spring in your winter? A bouquet of supermarket tulips is a cheap fix for a winter that won’t die. If you’re using a glass container, here’s a tip to keeping the water as clear as the vase.
My favorite vessel for displaying cut blooms is a clear glass Crate and Barrel pitcher. I’m no flower arranger, but there’s something about the cut of the opening that encourages the tulips to do their prettiest droop. All I do is plunk ’em in the water and enjoy the show.
My only pet peeve is that the water never stays as clear as the glass. I stopped using the powdered plant food that comes packaged with the flowers, thinking that might clear up the situation. But it didn’t. I blamed the hard water that caused the buildup of white film on my shower door and faucets.
So, when I moved to a new home with well water, I was confident I’d have clear flower water. Why? Well, I no longer have to Kaboom! the hell out of my shower doors.
Unfortunately, whatever’s in the well has some trace of carbonation to it that still didn’t satisfy my desire for a crystal clear look.
And then the light bulb went off. I headed to the drugstore and picked up a gallon of distilled water. If you’re not familiar with distilled water, it’s water that’s heated until it turns to steam and the steam’s collected in a clean container so that the yucky stuff is left behind.
If you have a steam iron or humidifier that gets clogged because your tap water is heavy, use distilled water to keep the holes clean.
And, presto! The water in the vase is crystal clear, 24 hours later and the tulips are opening their blooms and drooping as they should. Can’t wait to give it a try in the summer when I plunk fresh cut wildflowers in mason jars.
What’s Your Favorite Vase for Cut Flowers?