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How Long Do Tulips Last? | GrowGardener Blog!

Tulip flowers are the main spotlight of spring, something gardeners and flower lovers eagerly anticipate every year. Even if you don’t have a green thumb or a garden altogether, you can still relish the sight of the tulip bulbs in their full splendor during the spring.

Our beloved tulip flowers effortlessly adorn both gardens and pots with their enchanting beauty.

While these gorgeous blooms don’t stick around for eternity, they generously gift us with bursts of colors and loveliness during their brief stay.

Therefore, to fully enjoy the happiness of these gorgeous flowers again, many people ponder: How long do tulips last?

In this blog post, we will discuss how long potted tulips and cut tulips last. Plus, we will share some handy tips to prolong their presence.

So, without procrastinating any further, let’s advance toward these life-changing tips.

How long do tulips last
How long do tulips last? – Image via Wallpaperflare

How Long Do Tulips Last in the Garden?

Tulips, the beautiful flowers we all adore at bloom time, often leave us wondering: How long do they stay vibrant?

Well! The answer to that question is not straightforward.

Generally, tulips planted in the garden bloom for about one to two weeks. The entire growing season, from when they sprout in early spring to when the flowers fade, is about 3 to 4 weeks.

Tulips grow well in cold temperatures varying from 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

However, as the mercury climbs, especially beyond the upper 60s (around 20 degrees Celsius), their blooming period gets much shorter, often fading within a few days.

Therefore, in regions with mild spring temperatures between 50 to 59°F (10 to 15°C), tulips can charm us for a more extended period extending their beauty to two to four weeks.

While in warmer climates, their brilliance may wane more swiftly.

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Red tulip flowers in a garden
Red tulip flowers in a garden – Image via Unsplash

How Long Do Potted Tulips Last?

If you plant tulips in pots or containers, here’s what you need to know.

When you plant tulips in pots, they usually start blooming in about 8 to 10 weeks, gracing us with their beauty for 15 to 30 days.

But that’s not set in stone; these timeframes can change depending on your current weather, just like in a regular garden.

To make sure these pretty flowers wake up and bloom nicely in the spring, they need a bit of a cool room during the winter. Think about the temperatures of around 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you’re starting with tulip bulbs, they require about 12 to 15 weeks of chill weather. This cold exposure is called vernalization.

It’s like their way of getting ready to put on a colorful show in the spring.

In pots their bloom time is about two to four weeks depending on the local weather conditions
In pots, their bloom time is about two to four weeks, depending on the local weather conditions – Image via Jason Leung

How Long Do Tulip Bulbs Last If You Cut Them? 

Tulips can make any floral arrangement stunning, whether alone or mingling with other charming flowers in the vase like:

  • Daffodils

  • Hyacinths, or

  • Crocuses

To ensure your tulips stay fresh and vibrant, pick them just as they begin to bloom and place them in a vase filled with cold water. Keep the vase away from direct sunlight, which can cause them to wilt prematurely.

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Typically, you can expect your tulips to bloom for about five days. However, for a longer-lasting display, remember to trim the stems slightly and change the water in the vase daily.

These simple steps will help your tulips bloom even longer, brightening up your home with their colorful presence.

If you want to put them in a vase you should keep in mind that tulips stay vibrant for less than a week as cut flowers
If you want to put them in a vase, you should keep in mind that tulips stay vibrant for less than a week as cut flowers – Image via Skyler Ewing

How to Make Tulip Flowers Last Longer?

Unfortunately, tulips have a relatively short life compared to other flowers.

However, with some care and attention, you can stretch the life of your tulips and enjoy their vibrant vibe for a longer period.

So, in order to nurture long-lasting tulip blooms, it’s essential to consider a few key factors:

  • First, choose a well-draining potting mix, combining sand, compost, and perlite, as heavy clay and compact soils won’t work well.

  • After planting, fertilize tulips by adding a balanced fertilizer along with the watering routine.

  • Make sure you plant tulips in plenty of direct sunlight. They won’t do well inside unless you have a sunny spot with steady temperatures.

  • If your plan is to plant them outdoors, select a location with several hours of direct sunlight.

  • Tulips thrive in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, with spring’s arrival bringing full bloom at 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • For a prolonged display, plant a mix of early, mid-season, and late-blooming tulip varieties.

  • Remember, tulips dislike excessive watering; only water them once during planting until you see new green leaves.

With a little attention and care, these springtime favorites can bring joy to your home for several weeks.

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How long do tulips last? – Image via Unsplash

What Should I Do with Tulips After They Have Finished Blooming?

Once tulips are done blooming, you can snip off the faded flowers but leave the green foliage, stem, and leaves intact. It helps the tulip store energy for next year.

Don’t tie or braid the leaves; let them grow naturally.

Keep watering the tulips until the leaves turn yellow, usually in late spring. Then, stop watering and let them rest.

You can dig up the bulbs in summer if you want to rearrange your garden; otherwise, leave them be.

Next spring, your tulips will bloom again, bringing colorful joy to your garden.

Related Article: What to Do With Potted Tulips After They Bloom – We Are Not Going To Let You Toss Those Bulbs!

That’s all!

Let’s move toward the conclusion and wrap up everything we have discussed.


The longevity of the tulip blooms depends on where they are growing and the weather around them.

Generally, tulips last for about one to two weeks in the gardens as well as in pots.

But if the temperature of their surroundings remains below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, they can last up to four weeks.

If you plan to keep them in a vase as cut flowers, they are not able to last longer than five days. 

Once your tulips are done blooming, you can snip off the faded flowers but leave the green stem and leaves intact.

Ready to make the most of your tulips?

Start planting and enjoying these lovely blooms today!

Best Regards,
Moiz Atiq.