Easy instructions for lifting and storing tulip bulbs. Tips for transplanting tulips while their leaves are still green. When to dig and divide perennial tulips that are normally left in the ground.
Tulip Garden at a Hotel in Holland
Most tulip plants are somewhat tender. If left in the ground after the foliage has died down, the bulbs are likely to choose the wrong moment to resprout. If they begin to grow too early in the year, the new growth could be singed by frost.
To prevent this, and to insure good health and abundant bloom, the bulbs are normally lifted and stored once the leaves have withered.
A fork is preferable to a shovel when lifting bulbs as it is less likely to slice through the bulbs and damage them while you are digging up the clumps.
Before storing tulip bulbs, you must make sure that they are clean, dry and undamaged.
When you replant stored tulip bulbs, separate the undersized bulbs from the large bulbs.
Plant only the large bulbs in your display beds as these will provide the most blooms.
Plant the smaller bulbs in an out-of-the-way reserve bed to gain size.
If you want to replant you tulip border to summer annuals, you will need to move them before they are ready to be lifted for the season.
Right after the last bloom fades, dig the plants up and replant them close together in any sunny area with well drained soil to continue growing until the foliage dies down naturally at which time you will lift and store them in the usual fashion.
By transplanting tulip plants and replacing them with bedding flowers, you can maximize your gardening space.
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