Caring and Storing Tulip Bulbs

If you want to learn how to care and store your tulip bulbs, you will find this article very helpful and informative. Tulips have always been a favorite flower for gardeners. There are so many beautiful varieties and colors to choose from. From beautiful purple tulips, red tulips, to pink, yellows and oranges, you are sure to find the perfect ones to add color to your garden.

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Tulip Care after Blooming It is important to cut your tulip stems when the flowers begin to fall off. There are a couple of reasons to do this. First, you will avoid having dead flowers in the bed that could cause a disease known as blight. Also, by cutting off the stem you will prevent the stem from forming a pod that will rob your plant of energy that will be needed for continued bloom, or for storing up food within the tulip bulb for next year. If you have single leafed shoots appearing that have no flowers, you can remove these as they are not worth saving.

What size bulbs do we keep? If you are planning on digging up your bulbs, you will need to keep those that are at least 12 cm. wide. The bulbs that are smaller may be kept in a bed of their own until they mature and reach 12 cm. If you have bulb that are split or doubled and you pull them apart, they will most likely not bloom the next year.

Transplanting Tulips

Digging Up Tulip Bulbs You may choose to leave your tulip bulbs in the ground or dig them up at the end of the season. It is recommended to dig them up if you want to ensure that they will bloom the next year. Many tulips although they are said to come back every year with beautiful blooms do not.

Most bulbs will last in the ground for 2 or 3 years and will gradually become very small. Regardless of which you choose to do, you must not dig them up until the stems have become dry and wilted. After your tulips flower they will continue to grow and store their food supply into the bulb for next years blooms.

If you don’t dig them up and want to leave them in the ground. This is a good time to plant your other spring and summer flowers because you are able to see where the bulbs are planted. So often when the stems are gone, gardeners are constantly digging up the bulbs and disrupting the roots. A neat tip is to check if the stem is dry enough, is to twist the stem and see if it can be twisted out of the bulb. If it comes off or out of the bulb, it is ready to be dug up. If you plan on digging the bulb up after the stems are no longer green, then you should try this test to check if the stem is dry enough to come off. Twist the stem and see if it can be twisted out of the bulb. If it comes off or out of the bulb, it is ready to be dug up.

Storing Tulip Bulbs After digging, clean the bulbs to remove the old skin, dirt and any straggly roots that might be left on the bottom of the bulb. Store the bulbs on a rack or mesh surface so that the air can circulate around the bulbs. Keep the bulbs dry and at room temperature to ensure the best results for your bulbs.

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