Spring Flowering Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Milford, CT
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Question by jndefilipp
September 30, 2000
I am gardener in Connecticut--What do I do with bulbs--Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinth, Crocus--after they have flowered in Spring-Do I dig up bulbs and store? How is best to store them?

Answer from NGA
September 30, 2000
All of the bulbs you listed should be left in the ground from year to year. There is no need to lift them as they are winter hardy and will spend the summer in a dormant state. Each spring after they bloom simply allow the foliage to continue to grow and then ripen and fade naturally. This process is what rebuilds the bulb's strength so it can bloom again the following spring.

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