The Q&A Archives: OK to transplant blooming potted tulips?

Question: I received 3 pots of blooming tulips for Valentines Day.
I'd love to transplant them outdoors now, but I am afraid I will ruin them. I have a sunny spot for them, but will I kill them? If I can do this, do I leave them in the pots or remove them from the pot? They are Vigoro gardenclub container pots

Answer: You may very well interrupt their cycle if you plant them while they are in bloom. It would be best to allow them to finish flowering and then allow the foliage to die down naturally. Once the leaves are crispy and dry you can remove the leaves and then plant the bulbs in the garden. They should come up right on time next year. Best wishes with your tulips!

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