Tulips - Knowledgebase Question

Marina, CA
Question by kristi_west
April 1, 1999
I bought some potted tulips 5 days ago and they are starting to die. How can I keep them looking fresh longer? A friend suggested I cut them so that they could regrow but we aren't sure if tulips do this or not. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
April 1, 1999


Tulips are early spring blooming bulbs, and the blooms last for only a few weeks. After the flowers fade, cut the flowering stem down but leave the foliage. When the foliage yellows and dies, cut it back. You can then lift the bulbs and store them for replanting in the fall. The bulbs will develop new foliage and a new flowering stem the following spring. There's no way to keep your Tulips blooming beyond their normal bloom period. Unfortunately you purchased your Tulips toward the end of their bloom period.

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