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Photo: tomertu (Shutterstock) Tulip season is upon us. And if you enjoy bedecking your home with fresh, seasonal flowers, you may be wondering how you can keep your next tulip purchase standing upright. Because while these colorful bulbs are known for brightening up any room, they’re also known for their tendency to droop. While some droop is unavoidable—the blooms are heavy and the forces of gravity are strong—here are some tips to keep them looking alert and fresh a little longer. Select young tulips You many want to enjoy fully-opened blooms right away, but if you want them to last longer, your best bet is to purchase closed, firm buds, some of which are still on the green side, that show no signs of browning. Cut (and re-trim) the stems at an angle Did you know tulips continue to grow for days after they’ve been cut? That’s why it’s important to cut the stems at an angle, so they’re better able to absorb water. Re-trim the stems another 1/2 inch every two to three days to ensure peak water absorption. At the same time, refill their vase with fresh, cold water, and remove any excess leaves at the base of the stem below the water level as they may rot and grow bacteria, hastening the demise of the tulip itself. Keep them out of direct sunlight Tulips are light-seekers, and due to a process called photropism, they will bend themselves to the source of sunlight. Keep them in areas […]