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Smile! It's Tulip Time

Tulips are happiness on a stem. Making a tulip arrangement is a great way to cheer up your winter mood and add a splash of color to your home. There are enough tulip colors to have a different look every week. And because tulips continue to change and grow after they are cut, your arrangements will have a new look every day!

colorful tulips


Here are a few fun facts about tulips:

  • The word “tulip” comes from the Turkish word for “turban” because of their shape.
  • Tulips were originally discovered in Turkey and parts of the Middle East in the 14th and 15th centuries. Traders brought them back to Europe where they created “Tulip Mania” and became as valuable as gold. They were traded in a manner much like our stock market. Many fortunes were made and lost during the Tulip Mania craze as people gambled their homes and businesses to buy the precious bulbs.
  • Historically, the tulip was seen as a symbol of abundance and wealth. They’re popular additions to bridal bouquets, wedding arrangements or other special occasions.

pink tulipsDisplaying

Here are four tips for displaying and maximizing the life of your tulip arrangement:

  1. Tulips don’t need flower food. They have already received all the nourishment they need from their bulbs.
  2. Change the water daily and re-cut the stem ends to make your tulips last longer.
  3. Avoid direct sun, heat and drafts. Pair with cut forsythia, pussy willow or other branches for a beautiful, natural look.
  4. Try pebbles or river rocks in the bottom of your vase for contrast and texture.

What’s your favorite color of tulip?

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Lucy says …

Hello I was in the store the other day and saw the great tulip sale that is coming up. Is it next Friday or Saturday?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LUCY - I would suggest contacting the store directly where you saw this advertised since our sales can differ between locations!

Danna says …

Wonderful deal, another reason to come back. Thank you.

Robert Despina & Lefteris Beck says …

My family and I love shopping at Whole Foods. Great customer service, food cook to perfection and a wide selection of healthy food choices. I retired after 26 years from the Navy and chose Whole Foods over the Commissary every time. My food cost is more however, the friendly staff and clean store is worth it. You guys are doing a GREAT JOB and have set the BAR HIGH on customer service. Frankly, your store is second to NO ONE!

Kate says …

One day sale is today at all WF stores :) @ LUCY

Sally says …

I was wondering if you happen to carry lilac bouquets in the Scottsdale store? I have a cousin who bought lilacs at Whole Foods a few weeks ago near her L.A. home. We are the originally from the Midwest where these very fragrant beautiful flowers grow in abundance and we miss this Spring flower dearly! Would like to know the price of the lilac bouquet as well. Thank you...Happy Spring!!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SALLY - I would suggest reaching out to the Scottsdale store directly at 480.368.1279 to see what they have in stock. They will be happy to check for you!

rberkinsky says …

What is the last date that I can buy Tulip Flowers from Whole Foods. I shop in the Wynnewood Store. Thank you. RBerkinsky

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@RBERKINSKY - It's best to reach out to the store directly at 610.896.3737 to find out when they offer tulips. They will be happy to help!