tulips wilted already - Knowledgebase Question

Broadview, Il
Question by shenequa_mil
April 24, 2010
Hello, we had tulips that bloomed in our yard and they were nice for about 3 weeks now they are wilting and dying. Is there anything we can do or are they going to bloom again? Is there a flower we can plant that will last longer or bloom more than once per season?

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2010


I think your tulips are behaving just as they should. Tulips are spring blooming plants. After the flowers fade you can cut off the flower stem but you should leave the foliage alone. It will die down and when it turns brown you can remove it by pulling or cutting it off at ground level. The bulbs will rest until next winter then develop roots, a flowering stem and leaves. You can plant annuals or perennials in the soil above where your tulps are growing. When the tulip flowers fade, your annuals or perennials will start to grow and flower. Maybe the best approach is to visit your garden center now to see what's in bloom right now. You can add some of these spring blooming plants to your garden. Then wait until early summer to visit your garden center again, choosing plants that bloom during the summer months. This way you'll have something in bloom from early spring until late summer. Best wishes with your garden!

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