Simple Guide to Growing Tulips in Indoor Glass Vases

Tulips are stunning flowers that make an excellent garden addition and table centerpiece. These gorgeous flowers appear around April, just after the cooler months, and are often grown indoors. They bring color and elegance to your living space, but you may wonder how to grow them in a glass vase.

You can grow tulips in glass vases indoors by simply growing the bulbs in water. The tulips will readily bloom and make a perfect centerpiece so long as you remember to chill the bulbs. Tulip bulbs take time to grow and should be placed somewhere with plenty of sun as they grow.

In the rest of this article, I’ll discuss some commonly asked questions about growing tulips in a vase, how to grow tulips in water, and some essential growing tips. So, if you want to learn more about growing tulips in indoor glass vases, keep reading.

How To Grow Tulips in Glass Vases

Growing tulips in a glass vase may be a waiting game, but it’s all worthwhile when those beautiful blooms appear. Luckily, growing tulips indoors is quite simple if you follow the following steps.

What you’ll need:

  • Tulip bulbs.
  • A glass vase.
  • Stones or pebbles.
  • Water.

How to grow tulips in indoor glass vases:

  1. Chill your bulbs outdoors or in the refrigerator for 12-15 weeks. Outside, tulips naturally experience cold weather before sprouting up. Chilling your bulbs allows you to simulate the weather patterns that naturally occur before tulips sprout, increasing their growth chance.
  2. Select a vase. The vase you choose must have a wide mouth and be larger, especially if you want to plant multiple bulbs in one container.
  3. Place 1-2 inches (3-6 cm) of rocks into the bottom of your vase. The rocks don’t have to be anything special. Any rocks will do glass, stone, or otherwise. The rocks will help hold the tulip bulbs partially above the water to promote better growth.
  4. Arrange the bulbs at the bottom of the vase. If you have different color bulbs, contemplate how you would like the arrangement to look once it sprouts. Also, give each bulb some room as you place them next to each other.
  5. Fill the vase with water. Ensure that only the bottom of the bulbs is touching the water. Generally, it would be best if you filled the vase about 1 inch (3 cm) from the bottom of the vase. However, each vase will likely have a different shape so use your best judgment.
  6. Place the vase of bulbs somewhere dark to grow. Once you have planted your bulbs, they’ll need to be stored somewhere dark or covered for around six weeks. They need the dark because tulips start in dark soil, and you’re trying to simulate their actual growth pattern.
  7. Move the tulips to a spot with good lighting. After the allotted 4-6 weeks of dark time has passed, your tulips will require the sun to grow. Place them near a window that receives several hours of sun throughout the day. Just monitor that they don’t grow too warm from the window’s heat.

Remember that planting tulips can take 3-4 months before you see any progress. Tulips are slow growing and require that you mimic their temperature ideals, which is why simulating a cold freeze before planting is necessary.

Can You Grow Tulips in a Glass Vase?

First, it’s essential to understand the type of vessel needed to grow healthy tulips indoors successfully. For example, can you grow tulips in a glass vase with just water? Will the plants still bloom from this growing method?

You can grow tulips in a glass vase or any other glass container. However, containers with large mouths are best to prevent overcrowding. Glass makes the best container because you can monitor your tulip’s roots as they grow, and it also provides aesthetic appeal. 

As you can see, using a glass vase is an excellent option for growing your tulips. Your tulips will readily bloom in a glass vase and water. This growth method is popular if you wish to have a stunning floral arrangement that will last longer.

Can You Grow Tulips in a Mason Jar? 

Tulips bulbs will generally sprout up and bloom quickly in most glass vases, but what about a mason jar? Can you grow and bloom tulips in just a mason jar?

You can grow tulips in a mason jar. Any glass container will work well for growing tulips. However, we recommend a larger mason jar as the smaller ones will be too cramped. Also, a wide-mouth mason jar is preferred, so your tulips have plenty of room as they grow.

You may use Mason jars as a vessel for growing tulips. However, if you choose a mason jar, you must remember that Mason jars tend to be smaller, and many have narrow openings, making growth difficult for your tulips.

Can Tulips Grow in Just Water?

Tulips are vibrant little plants that signal the beginning of spring. These fantastic flowers pop after the cold winter months begin to settle down, making them a beacon of new growth. The beautiful coloration of these plants makes them ideal for your home. So you might wonder if you can plant and grow tulip bulbs in water.

Tulips can grow in just water, though placing some rocks or pebbles in the bottom of their vase is best. The stones give the roots something to grasp and look great inside a glass container. Tulips will bloom and grow easily in water, provided they receive adequate care.

Water is a great way to grow tulips indoors. But, first, you need to place some stones or pebbles at your vase’s bottom. These pebbles can be polished glass you purchased at your local store or simple rocks you gathered from outside.

Tips for Keeping Tulips in a Vase Alive

Indoor-grown tulips are beautiful, but you should know a few tips to ensure their continued health.

Tips and tricks to keep your vase-grown tulips healthy:

  • Replace the water in your tulip jar when it appears cloudy.
  • Deadhead any tulip flowers that have died.
  • Keep your tulips someplace sunny but not too warm.
  • Place somewhere with good air circulation.
  • Keep away from household chemicals and cleaners.

Ultimately, vase-grown tulips are relatively low maintenance once they bloom and will require the occasional watering or water change if the water looks grimy. However, your tulips will thrive as long as they have a steady water supply and light.

Will Tulips in Water Rebloom?

Lastly, what should you expect to plant tulips in a water-filled vase? Will the plant rebloom? Or is it finished flowering?

Tulips in water are unlikely to rebloom since water doesn’t provide essential nutrients needed to nourish a plant. However, hydroponically grown tulips can be transplanted to the garden or shoots taken to place in soil for next year. Tulip bulbs are also inexpensive so you can replant them yearly.

Typically your tulip plants will not rebloom when planted in water. However, replanting outdoors or purchasing new bulbs is always an option.

Final Thoughts

Tulips are relatively easy to grow indoors so long as you:

  • Select a suitable vase.
  • Place rocks in the bottom of the glass vase.
  • Chill your tulip bulbs before planting.
  • Keep someplace dark and cool after initial planting.
  • Provide adequate lighting when the tulips are ready.

Remember to be patient as these flowers take time to grow, and continuously monitor your plants for signs of potential problems. Reacting quickly if your plant needs more water or light is essential for healthy growth.

Alexander Picot

Alexander Picot is the principal creator of, a website dedicated to gardening tips. Inspired by his mother’s love of gardening, Alex has a passion for taking care of plants and turning backyards into feel-good places and loves to share his experience with the rest of the world.

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