Planting Over Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Garfield Hts, OH
Question by Ssell8354
April 14, 2000
I want to plant annuals over a bed of tulips. When can the soil be worked without harming the tulips?


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Answer from NGA
April 14, 2000

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Since the leaves of bulbs should not be removed until they have turned yellow, you may have a long wait to "work the soil" over tulips. Since the soil was dug when the tulips were planted, just plant your annuals around the tulip leaves in the bed. Dig holes individually and carefully and add a little compost as you plant. The annuals will also help to hide the dying leaves before they can be removed. Once the tulip leaves are brown, they can safely be removed.

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