Tulip - Knowledgebase Question

Wachula, FL (Zone 9A)
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March 18, 2006
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I have tulip bulbs now that have finished blooming. What do I do with the bulbs now. Should I leave them in the container or plant them in the ground. I live in FL.
Thank you

Answer from NGA
March 18, 2006

First I should say that tulips do not naturalize and repeat well in the south. They are better treated as annuals, set out in early January for late winter/spring bloom. If you want to try to save the bulb, keep it watered until the foliage turns yellow and dies back naturally. Then dig it up and store the bulb in a cool dry place until fall. In fall place the bulb in the refrigerator for a couple of months and then remove it for planting in early January.

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