I received an Easter lily and a tulip plant, both planted in 8-inch pots on Easter day from our church. The blooms have died off now and the stems and leaves are starting to yellow. When can I plant them in the ground? Should I wait until fall or next spring, and if so, how should I store them? Also, are they sun or shade lovers?
Easter Lily and Tulips
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If you live in a warm climate, you will need to pre-chill the tulips to get them to bloom for next year once the leaves go yellow on their own. This article has information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/how-to-plant-bulbs-in-the-south.htm
Otherwise you can simply go ahead and plant them both out in the garden. These articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/how-to-plant-a-flower-bulb-in-your-garden-after-winter-forcing.htm
This article will help you with storing bulbs: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/preparing-bulbs-for-winter-how-to-store-bulbs-for-winter.htm