The Q&A Archives: Tulips

Question: When do you dig up the bulbs and how do you store the bulbs.

Answer: After the tulip flower dies, cut the flowering stem off the plant. Then allow the foliage to yellow and die on its own. This can take several weeks, but it's important. The foliage is collecting energy and transporting it down to the bulb for next year's bloom. After the foliage is completely dead you can cut it off at ground level and leave the bulbs in the ground or dig them up and store them for replanting in the fall. If you decide to dig the bulbs, carefully remove them from the ground and allow to dry in a shady location. The brush off the excess dirt and store them in a box of peat moss or sawdust, in a cool, dark area such as a garage. They'll need plenty of air circulation to keep them from molding. In the fall you can replant. Next spring you can enjoy their colorful blooms once again.

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