I was surprised that a grocery store clerk knew this. I had worked at this very same flower department when I was 14 and I knew very little. I just loved flowers.
So I took her advice and went for yellow and purple tulips.
She then provided me with some other useful tulip information that I felt like sharing:
- Tulips grow even after you cut them, which is why the purple ones in the photo look taller than the yellow -- they must have grown faster
- Tulips like pennies, so drop one in the vase not just for good luck
- If a tulip is drooping, poke a pinhole just below the bloom and it should perk up
I gave this last advice to my mom upon floral delivery and she told me she tried it out and it totally worked. I guess a little air bubble gets stuck in the stem after it has been cut, so a little hole lets the air escape and get to the bloom.