The Q&A Archives: Picking Tulips

Question: I read an article on gardening in our paper about tulips.The gardener stated that "Tulips will never bloom again after you cut them because they need the photosynthesis from the stalk." I have never heard this before. Is this true?

Answer: What you read is partly true - you can cut the tulip flowers and the stalk, but you should leave the foliage until it dies down naturally. The foliage provides energy to the bulb, to help it form next year's bloom. Cutting the flower and the stalk is in no way detrimental to the bulb.

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