Tulips

Hi- I have a question about tulips. I planted a lot of them last fall to fill the front of a new flower bed. This year my husband and I have decided to do some additional landscaping and the tulips have to go :( At any rate, I was wondering if any one knew how to pull the bulbs out and keep them so I can transplant them in the fall.
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Janet wrote:

wait until greenery starts to wilt ...dig up with digging fork ...you won't believe how deep they can go ...some would replant immediately, other would trim off green, let dry and keep cool to prevent rotting, until late fall after heavy rains are finished
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I would wait until tops die down and then dig and replant immeciatley.
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I agree that you should wait until they die back. You will know they are ready when you can lightly tug on the faded leaves and they easily pull away from the earth. The other thing to consider is that some tulips don't return to bloom very reliably. Most years my tulips don't return and when they do, they don't bloom. I am very careful not to cut them back and still they don't return. You might be putting yourself through a lot of work with little chance of results. Unless you have a huge investment in bulbs and they are a reliable variety, I would consider just pitching them.
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