The Q&A Archives: Will Tulips Sprouts Eaten By Deer Recover The Next Year?

Question: My tulips (some new, some a few years old) were eaten by deer when they were a few inches tall. Will they recover next year, or do they need to go through that cycle of bloom and die to survive? Thanks.

Answer: The foliage needs to be allowed to grow to its fullest extent, then mature and wither naturally in order to rebuild the bulb's strength to bloom well next year. If you allow the remaining shreds to grow, it is possible they will bloom next year, although I would not expect a superior display. The bulbs should continue to live, however.

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