What happens after tulips are done blooming? - Knowledgebase Question

Elmsford, NY (Zone 6A)
Question by kathleen_har5
May 20, 2006
This is my first year planting tulips, now that they are done blooming, what do I do with them? Do I need to trim them down or will they disappear on there own?


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Answer from NGA
May 20, 2006

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They will eventually die back and disappear on their own. You can deadhead or remove the spent blooms by cutting off the flower stalk. After that, leave the foliage to grow and mature and then fade and dry up all on its own. This process replenishes the bulb so it can bloom again next year. It is important not to remove the foliage during this time even though it may look pretty ugly. To tidy up, once it is very brown and dry and you can remove it with barely a gentle tug then it can be removed if you wish. Enjoy those tulips!

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