If you’ve ever ordered or received flowers, you know that your blooms sometimes arrive as buds, and sometimes they don’t. But have you ever wondered why? The answer is actually rather simple.

Some flowers arrive in bud form to ensure maximum freshness upon delivery as well as a longer life. From this state, your flowers have the best chance to blossom into gorgeous full blooms.

Of course, no two flowers are the same, and each one flourishes at its own pace. So, when your flowers arrive in closed bud form, it’s OK — they just need a trim and some water, and they’ll begin to bloom beautifully in no time.

Flowers that sometimes arrive in bud form include:

Tulip Buds & Iris Buds

Flowers 101: From buds to blooms

  • Stage 1: If your flowers arrive in bud form, just trim the stems and add water. They will be thirsty after their journey!
  • Stage 2: Buds will start to open. Remember, each one grows as its own pace, so be patient.
  • Stage 3: Buds will begin to bloom into flowers.
  • Stage 4: Sit back, relax, and smell the roses, or lilies, or tulips, or irises…you get the idea!

Lilies and tulips going from buds to blooms

Iris and Tulip Bud Form to Bloom

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