What to Do With Tulips After They Bloom

Learn What To Do With Tulips After They Bloom For More Color The Next Spring

Thanks to their brilliant colors and distinctive shapes, tulips are one of the most popular flower bulbs. A question we are often asked is what to do with tulips after they bloom? Many gardeners treat tulips as annuals, discarding the bulbs after blooming but with a little care and attention, you can get your tulips to bloom again the following season.


What to Do With Tulips After They Bloom To Be Sure Of A Successful Display

When growing in the wild, tulips are perennials, blooming year after year. But the conditions in our gardens rarely offer the harsh and often arid conditions that they prefer. If you want to be absolutely sure of a good display next season, it’s best to dig them up after blooming and plant fresh bulbs in the fall. 


What to Do With Tulips After They Bloom To Encourage Reflowering

To encourage your tulips to bloom again next year, remove the seed heads once the blooms have faded. Allow the foliage to die back naturally then dig up the bulbs about 6 weeks after blooming. Discard any damaged or diseased ones and let them dry. Store in trays or nets in a dark, dry place over the summer and replant in them in the fall. 


What to Do With Tulips After They Bloom When Planted In Containers

Tulips planted in pots and containers will rarely bloom again as they are being grown in a relatively stressed environment. It’s best to discard these tulips after they bloom and have the pleasure of choosing fresh bulbs each fall.

Now you know what to do with tulips after blooming, you’ll be able to enjoy their dazzling hues for a second season. Choose from our fabulous array of tulip varieties, including our renowned tulip collections in complementary colors, for a dazzling display next spring.

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