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Plainfield, Indiana
Feb 26, 2018 7:53 AM CST
I received tulips in a container for Valentines Day. Do I let them die off and dry the bulbs out before I plant them? When should I plant them?
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Feb 26, 2018 9:36 AM CST
I have always let the leaves die back to a yellow green color and they get kind of floppy. That is when you can unpot them and trim the leaves back to a half inch above the bulb.
Then let them dry off thoroughly before you wrap them up in newspaper and store them in a cool, dry place. You can plant them in early fall to bloom again in the spring of 2019. Plant them roughly twice as deep as the bulb is tall, rooted end down. So if the bulb is 2"" high as an example, plant them four inches deep.
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