establishing a new garden - Knowledgebase Question

Baltimore, Ma
Question by silkscreen00
February 26, 2011
planted over 200 tulip bulbs in new garden. What do I do now?


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Answer from NGA
February 26, 2011

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There's not much you need to do for the tulips. When they have finished flowering you can cut off the flower stem but you'll want to leave the foliage alone. It will ripen and die down all by itself. In the process the foliage will collect and transport carbohydrates back into the bulbs where it will be stored for next year's growth and flowering. While the bulbs are up and growing and you know where they're located, you can plant annuals and perennials around and between them. These will help disguise the fading tulip foliage and will cover the bare soil. A bonus is that they will begin to flower about the time the tulips begin to look a little ragged. Best wishes with your garden!

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