Spring Bulb Bouquets

Overview

Fresh flowers from spring bulbs, like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, can be fashioned into bouquets for many occasions, from holiday table arrangements to colorful wedding bouquets. Tulips and daffodils, both classic spring flowers, can last as long as a week in a fresh bouquet--and sometimes they continue to grow in just water. Spring bulbs can be cut from your own garden to form bouquets, or they can be purchased year-round from a florist.

Step 1

Harvest spring bulb flowers in the morning when they are freshest. Flowers can be cut with scissors, or simply snapped off at the base. Trim the ends of flowers by at least 1/2 inch before placing in an arrangement.

Step 2

Pull hyacinths from the ground with the bulb. They last longer in arrangements if they keep the bulb attached. Rinse dirt from bulb before using in a vase.

Step 3

Prep daffodils for use in an arrangement by placing them in warm water for two hours before transferring them to a vase. This will "cure" the sticky goo that oozes from daffodil stems.

Step 4

Straighten the stems of spring bulbs by wrapping them tightly in damp newspaper, then securing with several rubber bands along the length of the stems. Place in warm water for two hours.

Step 5

Keep water fresh for a long-lasting bouquet. Water should be changed daily, and flower stems (except for hyacinths) should be re-trimmed every four days. If daffodils are re-trimmed, they should be cured again in a separate glass of warm water for two hours, to avoid poisoning other flowers in the arrangement.

Things You'll Need

  • Spring flowers
  • Scissors
  • Vase or other container
  • Newspaper
  • Rubber bands

References

  • Big Y: Care Tips for Cut Tulips
  • Flower Arrangement Advisor: Tulip Wedding Bouquet For Your Spring Wedding
  • Beyond a Garden: Daffodil Bouquet

Who Can Help

  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension: Spring Flowering Bulbs
Keywords: spring bulb arrangements, cut spring flowers, tulips and daffodils

About this Author

Denise Bertacchi is a freelance writer with a degree in journalism from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a St. Louis suburbanite who has written for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Boys' Life, Wisconsin Trails, and Missouri Life.