I've got a tulip question... my first year with them. i bought them from a
store rather than grow from a bulb. I know its lame, but i'm learning.
i have a question hopefully you can help out with.... when the season is
done, do i snip of the flower head, trim it right down, or do i just let the
flower die by itself and it will take care of itself next season...?
thanks a lot in advance,
Snip off the dead flower and care for them till the leaves start to
yellow. At that time you can lift them for replanting or leave them in
position for next year.
Tulips are notorious for not flowering well in following years. The bulbs
are sold when able to flower the next spring but from then on it's a matter
of luck. Daffodils are the most reliable repeaters.
Best Wishes. Brian.
I have tulips that I planted in the fall of 2000 and they still bloom every
spring for me. I cut off the flower at the top of the stem after the bloom has
waned, and just let the leaves die off naturally.
Last fall I dug up the bulbs and split them (they grow new bulbs that remind me
of cloves of garlic) and the smaller bulbs will need another winter before they
produce a flower.
If your bulbs are in a pot, you can cut the flower off, let the leaves die off,
then in the fall plant them in a sunny spot, and plant them as deep as their
length (a one inch bulb should be at least one inch in the ground) and plant
them pointy end up!
If you want to keep them in the pot, you can, just keep the pot in a cool spot
in the winter.
trim off the flower and let the greens go they recharge the bulb for
next year and that is important for the ones at the store because they
are usually forced and that depleats the bulb so let the greens go
till they die.
On Sun, 16 May 2004 16:12:14 -0500, "Phil Jones"
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