I was given a bunch of tulip bulbs that were dug up from the ground. Some are still covered in dirt. Some are singles and some are in clusters with short roots attached. A lot have dried up "skins" around all or part of the bulb. I received them over a month ago (it is now July) and was told to wait until just before the ground frosts to plant them. Do I need to prepare them in so me way? Remove the skins, dirt, roots? Break up the clusters? Please advise. Thank you.
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Don't try to wash the bulbs. Leave the 'dried skins' in place and don't pull the bulbs apart at this time.
Lay them out in a box or container on a layer of newspaper and spread the bulbs out so they don't touch each other.
Cool dry location until you plant out this fall.
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