The Q&A Archives: Tulip and Hyacinth Aftercare

Question: I purchased already flowered hyacinths & tulips that I'd like to save the bulbs on for planting outdoors. It is already February, so how can I best keep these bulbs so to have future blooms? The plants are still green in the pots, but the flowers are beginning to wither.

Answer: Continue to water lightly and allow the foliage to die back naturally. It is storing energy to the bulb for the next year's growth. After it has died back, you can clip it off and store the bulbs in a cool, dark place until fall planting. Note that sometimes when bulbs are "forced" to bloom they don't always perform well the following year. But it's definately worth a try!

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