Tulip tip: Straight up on Earth Day

22 Apr

The WordPress photo challenge this week is simply, “Up.”

It coincides exactly with an amazing tip I learned recently from my brother:

TIP: Before putting tulips in a vase, place a penny at the bottom. This will make them stand straight up, instead of drooping (as they always do within hours at my house). Here’s proof that it works:

A penny at the bottom keeps this stalks straight.

Still standing straight after eight days.

Thanks, bro! Happy Earth Day!

And thanks Trader Joe’s for offering beautiful flowers. Straight up.

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

Related links:

How to make tulips last longer

Things I Love at Trader Joe’s Pinterest Board

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5 Responses to “Tulip tip: Straight up on Earth Day”

  1. Sheila April 22, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    What about the penny makes them stand up? Is it the copper?

    • Procurrent April 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      It looks like copper is the ticket, but not sure why that means the flowers don’t wilt. I also found recommendations to add an aspirin tablet to the vase.

      The link above says, “Once considered an old wives’ tale, adding a few pennies to the bottom of the vase really does help preserve tulips and other fresh cut flowers. The copper from the pennies works as a fungicide. Aspirin makes the water more acidic and is often added along with a penny.”

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