I have started to receive inquires about what will happen with the tulip bulbs once the flowers are spent. I can not promise that bulbs will be available for you to have. If they pull out of the ground with ease when we change to our summer annuals, we will have bulbs available.
In the last couple of years, most stems broke while pulling the plants out; leaving the bulbs in the ground. We do not spend the time to dig the bulbs out. It’s just not an efficient use of time. What’s left in the ground just keeps getting tilled up during the seasonal flower color changes.
I prefer changing up the designs season to season and year to year at our entrances. This is why I chose to not let the existing bulbs rest and prep for the following spring.
Tips for those that want their own tulips to bloom year after year.
The care after a tulip blooms is very important to the following year’s success. It’s important that as many nutrients from the plant are sent back to the bulb as possible after flowering. There are two steps to make this happen. Once your flower is spent, cut it off right below the flower. You don’t want the flower to turn into a seed head. It will if the flower is not removed.
Once that is done, let the foliage “melt out”. This process can take up to two weeks. This is identified by the green foliage/stem turning yellow and collapsing to the ground. Once it does this, then it’s time to cut the foliage off at ground level. These two steps will properly put your tulips to “bed”; which should result in a successful bloom the following spring!
Tulips are awesome! I appreciate the positive reactions to this year’s display.