Tulips and Citrus Floral Arrangement


With the arrival of Spring this week, I thought I would share one of my favorite combinations, Tulips, and Citrus, in a Floral Arrangement!

Hello, my name is Libbie, and I blog about Design, DIY, and Renovations over at A Life Unfolding. Here is a fact about me, I happen to adore fresh flowers (which might be an obsession), and my very favorite flowers of all are Tulips!

Fresh Tulips and Citrus Slices in vase
Fresh tulips and Citrus Slices

Once Tulips start showing up in my local grocery stores, I like to grab a bunch or two to brighten up my spaces. This week I found these pretty yellow and orange tulips and just knew how I wanted to arrange them!

Tulips with Blood Oranges Slices.

How to Make A Tulip and Citrus Floral Arrangement.

This is a quick and easy way to elevate your Spring flowers!

What you need: 

  • Tulips or your favorite Spring flowers
  • Citrus- I used Blood Oranges
  • Greenery- I like to use Italian Ruskus, Eucalyptus or Bear Grass.
  • Large Vase
  • Small Vase
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Vodka- my go to floral preservative.

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Tools Needed: 

Slices blood oranges for floral arrangement.

Fresh cut Tulips Tips:

  • Always choose the freshest Tulips possible. Check for green stems and leaves, and if they are turning yellow, pass on them.
  • Use scissors to cut a 45-degree angle to allow plenty of water into the stems.
  • Use fresh cold water and change it every couple of days.
  • Remove all leaves below the water line.
  • Keep Tulips in a cool space out of direct sunlight.
  • If you have room place them in your fridge overnight.
  • Your tulips may stretch overnight. Simply rearrange if this happens.
  • Be careful what flowers you choose to mix with your Tulips. Daffodils, another Spring favorite, will release a substance that will cause your Tulips to die quickly.
Tulips and Citrus Floral arrangement

Citrus tips:

  • Any type of citrus will work for this arrangement; I chose blood oranges based on the color of the tulips. You could also use Lemons, limes, grapefruit, or regular oranges.
  • Separating the citrus from the tulips will prolong the life of your tulips (the citrus will fade after a few days).
  • Slice the citrus thin enough to fit between your vases.
Vase in a Vase for Floral arrangement.
Vase in Vase
Arranging Tulips with Citrus in a Springtime arrangement.

Floral Arranging:

You could add floral tape around the top of the vase or even scotch tape. I simply filled my tulips from the rim of the vase and filled in as I went. I added the greenery mid way.

Blood oranges in vase for Spring Arrangement.
Close up of Blood Oranges
Tulips and Citrus floral arrangement
Tulips with Sliced citrus in a floral arrangement

Fresh Tulips and Citrus Arrangement

An Easy way to elevate your fresh cut Tulips for Spring
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Author: Libbie Burling
Cost: 25.00



  • 2 Bunches Tulips 10 count
  • 1 Bunch Greenery
  • 4-5 Each Citrus
  • 1 Splash Vodka


  • Fill smaller vase with cold water and place into larger vase.
  • Slice citrus into thin slices and add to the space between vases using a knife to place where you would like them.
  • Add water to cover the citrus. Cover completely.
  • Cut Tulips one at a time and arrange them in smaller vase as you go.
  • Add a splash of Vodka to preserve Tulips.
  • Set in cool (out of direct sun) location and enjoy.


The Blood Oranges will start to fade after a few days, At that point pull the smaller vase out, toss the citrus, change the water and trim the Tulips again and they should last another few days. The Tulips shown here lasted a week.
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