Tulips - Knowledgebase Question

Port St. Lucie, Fl
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Question by Gwalker0284
April 7, 2010
I live in Port St. Lucie, Florida(2 hours north of miami) and I just planted tulips in the front yard and they are already wilting, do you have any advice on how to keep them alive or if it is just too hot for them to grow down here

Answer from NGA
April 7, 2010
It may be that the tulips are just finishing up for the year. Tulips are usually planted in the winter and then they bloom and grow in the spring. After the flowers are spent, cut them from the plants but leave the foliage alone. When it dies down it means the bulbs have gone into dormancy. Dig the bulbs and store them in a cool, dark place until September. Then put the bulbs in your refrigerator for about 14 weeks. In late December plant them in your garden. They will grow roots then sprout and you can enjoy the flowers in the early spring. Just repeat the process each year and you'll always have tulips to enjoy each spring.

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