I purchased a tulip bulb that was already sprouted in a glass cyclinder. The woman who sold me the plant claims it could “stay in there forever” but even the instructions on the plant say that once the flowers bloom and naturally wither, to keep the bulb somewhere cool and dry to plant during the fall so it sprouts in the winter. My tulip sprout grew, bloomed, withered, and now I am left with a bulb wrapped in a dense, moss-like root system, the stem which grew out of it, and the reproductive organs (the entire pistol and some filaments that I can’t tell if they are withering because the anthems are still full of pollen). I’ve noticed a small new growth from the bulb, is this what I’ve seen referred to as a “lateral bulb” that needs to be replanted, or should I just leave it alone as a whole and see if it blooms again?
*sprouts in the spring, not winter