The Tulips - Knowledgebase Question

Name: marshall phillips
Thornton, PA
Question by jafcaed
May 23, 2001
The tulips I ordered from you were great

My wife wants to put summer flowers in the bed where the waing tulips are

How long do I need to leave the foliage and spikes on the tulip tops

Answer from NGA
May 23, 2001


You should remove the faded flowers now to prevent seed formation. The foliage needs to be left in place until it has stopped growing, turned brown, and dried up. Then it can be removed. The foliage rebuilds the bulb so it can flower again next year, so allow it the full time. Sometimes you can plant in front of the bulbs or inbetween the bulbs in the meantime.

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