tulip leaves closeup

Tulips in glass hurricane

Tulips grown in glass hurricane

This was a project inspired by a blog post found on Pinterest, where tulip bulbs were grown in a glass hurricane vase and flowered beautifully.  The bulbs were kept in the fridge for three months and planted in mid April.  They were placed on top of the glass pebbles, and water was filled just to just touch the bottom of the bulbs.  While it got off to a really good start, the bulbs never flowered and the leaves started to dry out.  If there are any tulip experts out there, there are some pressing questions that arise from this:

  • Why didn’t these tulips flower?
  • What can be done in the future to ensure this doesn’t happen?
  • Can these bulbs be re planted?

The bulbs were from Amsterdam and were a rare type called Queensland – a pink and white ruffled and frayed type of tulip.  Below the growth photos in this post are some appreciation photos of what the flower was supposed to look like.

If you are interested in purchasing your own tulips, you can buy the Queensland variety here, or classic ones here

If you are interested in trying to grow your own tulips like this, you will need a hurricane vase and the glass pebbles.  If you do, make sure you share your results on Instagram and tag @greengrow1687


13th April

13th April: The bulbs were placed on top of the glass pebbles with water, and growth started to appear within days
grow tulip in vase
13th April: The bulbs quickly sprouted roots and began to split from the outer casing


21st April

Tulip in vase
21st of April: One week after planting, the bulbs have produced large and healthy looking leaves
grow tulips indoors
21st of April: The roots have grown rapidly into the glass pebbles in water
tulip leaves closeup
21st April: Fresh growth of tulip leaves appear healthy

15th of May

grow tulips in vase
15th of May: There has not been any growth progress in almost a month, the leaves have started yellowing and drying out
dying tulip
18th May: The leaves have continued to dry out, and it appears there is no hope for rescuing these tulip bulbs
tulip grown in vase
18th May: Close up of the dying tulip bulbs


Inspiration pictures

Since there isn’t any successful flower photos to share from this story, here are some stunning examples of this rare tulip from other people!

queensland tulip flower
photo by @esther_westen
rare tulip
photo by @manu.b891
rare frayed tulip
photo by @hiilaflow
queensland tulips
photo by @sivrob


rare frayed tulips
photo by @blomsterdek
queensland tulip
photo by @fiorifloralartistry
frayed tulips
photo by @annaseassau
flowering frayed tulip
photo by @littlestateflowerco
queensland tulip flowers
photo by @savinasdfg
rare tulips
photo by @fiorifloralartistry
queensland tulips
photo by @senselvi
close up of queensland tulips
photo by @loraaxam
frayed tulips
photo by @annajaneharrison
rare tulips
photo by @joshuadhondt1
frayed tulips
photo by @solakers_handelstradgard
frayed tulips
photo by @lemonandtulips
frayed tulips
photo by @amy_leigh01


It is unfortunate that this growth story didn’t have such a happy ending, but if you have any advice to share please comment below so others can avoid the same disappointment!


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