Answer: Tulips, unfortunately, are rarely reliable perennials. They generally put on a wonderful show the first year, then decline in size and number of flowers with each successive year. Some varieties will perform better in certain locations but, generally, unlike daffodils and crocuses, they can't be counted on to flourish year to year. There is really no need to dig up your tulip bulbs each year, unless they are in the way for planting other things. If you really want a reliable spectacular tulip show each year, you'll need to plant fresh bulbs each year. Your local garden center, library, or book store should carry gardening books devoted to bulb gardening, and most general gardening books have a section devoted to bulbs if you're interesting in learning.
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