All you need to know are a few basic tips.
1. Since a tulipiere was originally designed for tulip bulbs and not cut flowers,it’s a little tricky to use for cut flowers. You must be careful not to cut the stem of the flowers too short or it can’t reach water. The tulipiere is designed with holes around the sides, so you can only fill the vase up to the height of the side holes, otherwise the water will run out of the sides, so as you move up filling the holes with flowers, you must have longer stems, so they can reach the water or put the stems in water tubes, but not all tulipieres can accommodate water tubes. ( I find a simple solution is to use a small medicine cup like the one that comes with cough syrup,etc, fill it with water and tuck in the top of the top vase & put the flowers in it, for the top flowers. This doesn’t hold much water so you must replenish daily)
2. Make sure to remove greenery off the stem that will be in the water (to reduce loss of water from transpiration & also to prevent rot. try to leave a pair of leaves near the bloom)
3. Use the removed greenery to tuck in behind the flowers on each level.
4. You may use a variety of flowers or stick with one kind. Either way, greenery adds a nice free form look.
5. All greenery provides a beautiful look as well, but if you use greenery make sure you have at least three varieties.
6. You don’t have to use all the pieces of the tulipiere. Just use what you need for your table. (See picture below)
7. When using cut flowers, a tulipiere the size of mine uses about four bunches of flowers. In the arrangement above I used two bunches of sweetheart roses, 1 bunch of regular size roses, 1 bunch of leatrice, then i used the greenery from the flowers to tuck around to fill in the holes.
(I even had enough left over to fill the little milk glass pitchers I found at Tuesday morning. for each place setting.)