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Q.Bunch Of Tulips Delivered On Bulb – Remove Bulb Now Or After Flower/leaves Have Died

Zone 2765 | Anonymous added on September 22, 2022 | Answered

Hi there, I’m hoping you can help me. Today I received a bunch of tulips on the bulb (not planted) from my mother-in-law, as a thoughtful kindness after my recent surgery for thyroid cancer. I’m hoping to be able to store the bulbs and plant them next autumn. I suspect this is an obvious question, but I’m wondering if you can tell me whether it is better for the bulb/future plant for me to leave bulb attached to the flower and leaves for now until they die off and then store it, or should I remove the bulb now and dry it out for storage? Regards and thank you.

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Answered on October 1, 2022

Since they are out of the ground, the roots lose the benefit of leaving the foliage on. I would go ahead and store them if there is no way to get them planted now.



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