bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

wauconda, Il
Question by Darma1223
May 12, 2009
Should I dig up tulip bulbs after blooms are gone? Everyone has a different answer. Thank you

Answer from NGA
May 12, 2009


Tulip bulbs can remain in the ground in your gardening region. You don't have to dig them up. I think the controversy surrounds the fact that some gardeners have had little success with tulips after about the third year. At that time the bulbs just don't perform well and people usually blame it on digging or not digging - whichever method they've used. The truth is that tulips perform well the first year they are planted. The second year they begin to decline and not all of them will bloom. By their third year in the garden they just won't perform at all. Hope this doesn't confuse the issue! Leave them in the ground but plan to replace them after next spring's flower display.

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