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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Reflex Tulip Petals

Reflex tulips

Tulip petals can be opened or re-flexed to create a fuller bloom

Remove the tulips from water for a half an hour to slightly dehydrate

Gently place your finger on the thicker part of the petal where it is connected to the stem

Gently place your finger on the thicker part of the petal where it is connected to the stem

Pop the petal backwards to open.

Pop the petal backwards to open.

If the petal starts to tear, leave it for a few minutes more to dehydrate. This works best on tulips in full bud- about four days old.

Carefully reflex the next petal

Carefully reflex the next petal

And the next

And the next

Work your way around the flower

Work your way around the flower

Gently bending each petal open

Gently bending each petal open

Take care not to break the petals

Take care not to break the petals

Reflexed tulip ready to design with

Reflexed tulip ready to design with. Set back in water to fully hydrate.

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Tutorials

11 May 2011 Slow down tulip growth, after the stems have been severed from the bulbs

Tulips continue to grow after being cut. Sometimes when you make a very small design or for competition or bridal work you want to minimize growth. The best way to do this is to...

21 March 2012 Where to cut Tulips to condition

Here is a trick to make sure your tulips will condition thoroughly

Favourite Flowers

Tulipa

Tulip

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