This blog is about growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area

March 20, 2014

How to select live tulips at the grocery store

As much as I like flowers, I really don't like to just see them die, which is, unfortunately, is all you are seeing once the flowers are cut. Tulips, however, won't grow here in the desert, so the next best thing is to buy them alive. But there is a trick to it.

If you're smart, you will buy them as the blooms are just starting to appear, not in full bloom. They should look like the photo, which are some that a friend of mine got for me at Safeway yesterday.

The flowers are already on the move, and will be in full bloom soon. Unfortunately, no, they can't live here permanently. But I can enjoy watching them bloom and grow. And it's as easy as dropping it in a nice decorative cache pot (no, you don't need to replant it or anything) and just watching it.
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