How to Grow Tulips in a Vase


Tulips are the most beautiful flower that blooms in spring. The colors are very rich and vibrant, and tulips are very suitable to brighten your house as a decoration. Growing tulips is very easy and you can place them in a vase without soil to avoid the dirt.

However, you need to be patient since it will take some time for this flower to bloom. To grow the tulips faster, you can buy the early-blooming bulbs. But, it’s okay if you want to grow it from the seeds, although it will take more time.

What you need:

  • Vase
  • Tulip bulbs
  • Water
  • Pebbles, glass beads, or river rocks


Step 1. Prepare the vase. Choosing a tall glass vase is better since it will allow the tulips to grow taller. It will also support the leaves and stems of the tulips.

Or, you can choose a forcing vase which has a curve line to make the tulip bulbs stay above the water and allow the roots to get the moisture. By choosing the forcing vase, you can minimize the chance of the tulips to get rotten.

Step 2. Place the pebbles, glass beads, or rocks on the bottom of the vase about 1 to 2 inches deep. The use of the pebbles here is to support the tulip bulbs and minimizing the direct contact with the water. If you are using the forced vase, you can skip this step and go straight to step 5.

Step 3. Place the tulip bulbs on the pebbles and make sure the pointed area is facing upward.

Step 4. Add more pebbles around the bulbs to support.

Step 5. Add water to the vase about 1 inch away from the bulb.

Step 6. Place the vase in the dark place about 4 to 6 weeks. Make sure the place is cool enough to make the roots grow.

Make sure you change the water on the vase every week and you need to pay attention to the sprouting. After the roots grow, you can place the vase in the lit area, such as near a sunny window.


  • Before you plant the tulip bulbs, you need to store the bulbs in a paper bag for about 12 to 15 week in the refrigerator and don’t place them near fruits. This process is called chilling period to prepare the tulip bulbs and it will sprout early if you do it.
  • Choosing the glass vase is better since you can spot the sign of sprouting and you can learn how the tulips grow.
  • Choose bigger tulip bulbs since it can grow faster than the smaller one.
  • Placing the tulips in the sunlight will encourage faster growth.
  • The tulips will last for a week or more and you can keep the remaining greens to allow the tulips to bloom again. But before that, you need to remove the withered greens and stems. After the tulips are completely withered, you need to get rid of the bulbs since they will not grow again.