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May 17, 2020 4:52 AM CST
I'm a complete novice when I comes to gardening so looking for some knowledgeable advice. Earlier this year I planted some tulips and they've flowered and we're great. They've now finished bloom so I cut the stems down. The leaves have now started to wilt so I'm starting to pull them up as I want to try and replant the bulbs next season. I pulled up the first one and it looks like the picture attached. It seems that there are multiple bulbs? I only planted 1 bulb does this mean they are reproduced and I will have a lot more next season? Also how should I store the bulbs ready for next season? Should I cut the plant right down to the bulb? Any help is greatly received thanks.
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Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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May 17, 2020 6:26 AM CST
What's your general location and zone? Only in warmer zones do you need to dig them up because they need the chill time.

May 17, 2020 1:31 PM CST
I'm in the UK so I believe it's best to take them out as hard frosts in the winter can kill them off?
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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May 17, 2020 4:16 PM CST
They need the cold weather so they can go dormant until next spring. I live where we have true winters, snow, ice, below zero temps and they do just fine. The frost won't do anything to them except make them dormant until Spring arrives when they poke back up. They aren't evergreen but decidious. They die back to the ground after flowering until next year.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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May 17, 2020 4:20 PM CST
Welcome to the site!
Like Amanda said, they need to go dormant, you want to leave the leaves on until they turn yellow (that allows the nutrients to go back into the bulb) than you can clean up the leaves. Have you already dug the bulbs up?
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Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
May 19, 2020 4:38 PM CST
Tulip Varieties

How often you have to dig up tulips depends on the variety and your climate. Some tulips only bloom reliably for one year, regardless of climate. A few of the larger tulip varieties can flower each year, but only when grown in climates that provide for their winter dormancy needs. You can still grow these tulips in milder climates, but they require annual digging. Small tulip varieties, including Tulipa clusiana and Tulipa bakeri, don't require dormancy and can bloom reliably with minimal digging in milder USDA zones 8 through 10.
Dormancy Needs

Can you leave tulips in the ground all year? It depends. Most tulips, except for some small varieties, require a cold dormancy period to bloom in spring, which they can't receive naturally in mild regions where temperatures rarely drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

The cold dormancy period must last for eight to 10 weeks or the bulbs won't send up new growth. In mild or warm climates, you must dig up the bulbs in fall, store them in a refrigerator for three months, and replant them in late winter if you want them to bloom again.
Dividing Tulips

Perennial tulips that remain in the ground, including small varieties in mild climates and large types in colder regions, will require periodic digging and division. Tulips produce offsets, or new bulbs, off the old bulbs. Eventually, the old bulbs stop producing and the new bulbs take their place. Over time, too many new bulbs cause a crowded bed and the tulips flower poorly.

The bulbs need to be dug up and divided about every three years, or when they stop flowering well. Dig them up in early summer or in fall before frost. Break apart the new bulbs, discard the old, and replant the remaining bulbs at the proper spacing.

Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
Jul 7, 2020 9:23 PM CST
I'm in USDA zone 6, which means i get first frost inOctober and last around the first week of May.. Tulips stay in ground and need the cold winter to come again next spring.
Bulbs sb 4-6" deep (10-15cm, I think, check my math if you use metric)
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