The Q&A Archives: Bulbs

Question: Planted 50+ tulips and daffodil bulbs several years ago. Only lush green leaves come up and eventually die off. No flowers. Any thoughts?

Answer: There are actually several conditions that will keep daffodils and tulips from blooming. If they are planted too deeply they can run out of energy before they can produce a bloom; if they are overcrowded they may have to compete for adequate moisture and nutrients; if they don't get enough sunshine they can fail to bloom; if the foliage is removed too early, they won't be able to store enough energy for the following year's flowers. So, dig your bulbs to make sure they're only about 4" below the soil surface and that they have at least 6" all around for good root growth, be sure they get adequate sunshine, and don't cut the leaves off. Instead, let them turn brown on their own. If you follow the above guidelines, you daffodils and tulips will bloom for you. Best wishes with them!

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