Putting Mulch Over Tulip Green Foilage? - Knowledgebase Question

Orlinda, TN
Question by JACKIERENEAE
April 25, 2001
I AM ADDING SUMMER BLOOMING FLOWER BULBS TO MY FLOWER BED
WHICH HAS TULIPS IN IT , THAT HAVE ALREADY BLOOMED BUT I
WANT TO PUT MULCH ON MY FLOWER BED, IF I COVER THE GREEN
FOILAGE BY LAYING THEM DOWN ON THE GROUND AND COVERING
THEM WITH MULCH WILL THIS KEEP THEM FROM COMING BACK NEXT
YEAR? OR WILL IT MAKE THEM ROT?


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Answer from NGA
April 25, 2001

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The tulip foliage must be allowed to grow to its fullest extent, then fade and die back naturally. This process is what replenishes the bulbs so they can bloom again next year. For this reason, the foliage should be treated well and encouraged to grow, like any other plant. Burying it in mulch prematurely could cause the bulbs to lose strength and not bloom next year. The mulch should be applied around but not over top of the foliage.

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