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Bulbgirlnewbie
Apr 15, 2018 8:45 AM CST

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Hi garden sages,
I received beautiful spring tulip bulbs over Easter which had the most amazing blossoms. I unfortunately cut all of them, inclusive of the leaves, to make a table bouquet. then I read later you are not supposed to remove the leaves from the bulb because they provide nutrition, as they yellow and wither, to allow bulbs to bloom next spring. I would like to do everything I can to try and get my bulbs healthy and blooming next spring. Is there anything I can do to correct my mistake or are my once beautiful bulbs goners? Thank you for your help.
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Name: kathy
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katesflowers
Apr 15, 2018 9:01 AM CST
Hi bulbgirl-and welcome.
What the heck-dig a hole, add a little bone meal, cover and mark their spot, and see what happens. Around here (zone 4b), I consider specialty tulips an annual anyway.
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
Sf
Bulbgirlnewbie
Apr 15, 2018 9:30 AM CST

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Thank you Katesflowers. Your reply and advice is much appreciated. Since I learned you are not supposed to do that, my bulbs now look like little decapitated heads.
Photo below should read "don't do this at home!"...a mistake I will learn from.




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Name: Kyle
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quercusnut
Apr 15, 2018 1:53 PM CST
There is a good chance they will come up next spring. They probably won't bloom until the following year though. I wouldn't give up on them. Not sure how many years they will last though. I've had tulips last for years until the voles got them.
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Arico
Apr 15, 2018 2:06 PM CST
Take the bulbs out of the soil/container or whatever they're in and cure them and then store cool, dark and dry untill November or even December. If the soil isn't frozen replant and they should come up in spring. Chances are they won't bloom and be smaller because you cut the leaves. Do this 2 or even 3 years and they should rebloom. Ofcourse you could leave them in the soil outdoors from then on.
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jmorth
Apr 15, 2018 2:22 PM CST
Most tulip bulbs grown in containers split into 4 bulblets at season's end. You could plant them and do as Arico says, maybe you'd get a bloom in 5 years or so.
Or, you could purchase and plant some yourself. They look kind of like Foxtrot, a double early tulip that is easy to force. Could also be a late double, there's several that look like yours in that division.
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DaisyI
Apr 15, 2018 3:29 PM CST
Does your Sf stand for San Francisco? Unless you dig and store them in the 'frig every fall and replant in the spring, you won't have tulips anyway.
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