bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by joycer1126
March 23, 2010
When i first planted the bulbs the flowers came up next year but since then not a flower jusr leaves. What can be wrong, thanks.Joyce

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2010


There are several reasons for non-flowering in spring bulbs. Overcrowding is the most common and removing the foliage before it naturally dies down is the next. The flowering stems can be cut down when the flowers are spent but the leaves should be left alone until they ripen and die on their own. The leaves manufacture and transport energy back to the bulbs so they can flower the following year. If you remove them too soon, the bulbs won't be able to bloom the next year. There are some other considerations, too. Tulips, unfortunately, are rarely reliable perennials. They generally put on a wonderful show the first year, then decline in size and number of flowers with each successive year. Some varieties will perform better in certain locations but, generally, unlike daffodils and crocuses, they can't be counted on to flourish year after year. If you really want a reliable spectacular tulip show each year, you'll need to plant fresh bulbs each year. Daffodils, on the other hand, should bloom reliably year after year. You might want to dig up a few of your bulbs. They may have rotted if the ground remained soggy, or they may have become a feast for underground critters. Good luck with your bulbs!

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