Tulip Plant That Just Has Foliage

jackieh419 added on April 3, 2015 | Answered

I bought a tulip plant that just has the foliage. Do I have to wait until it blooms or can I plant it now?

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Answered on April 3, 2015

Potted tulip plants are forced spring-blooming bulbs to give you an indoor show of color. I would wait until the flowers and the foliage have died back then plant outdoors. Tulips do not come back well after being forced, however, and could take a few years to flower again in your garden. More information on planting flower bulbs after winter forcing can be found here:


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