Tulips

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  1. Darwin Tulips
  2. Planting Tulips in Winter
  3. Caring for Tulips After Blooming
  4. Spring Bulbs
  5. When to Cut Indoor Tulips
  6. Is It Too Late to Plant Tulips?
  7. Should You Divide Tulips
Asked by Anonymous on December 7, 2010
Darwin Tulips

I just bought some tulip bulbs, the Darwin hybrids. I am in Maine, zone 3/4. The ground is already frozen. How do I keep the bulbs over the winter?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Jeannine

I did this with daffodil bulbs that were dug up from my mother in laws garden, I put them all together in our garage in a corner in a bucket, all together, planted them the next spring and it was great, almost all took and flowered, stays above 35 degrees in the garage, closest to the house. Hope this helps, also used sawdust and a lined dog food bag one year, that worked good too.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 5, 2011
Planting Tulips in Winter

I just found some tulip bulbs at a store. I live in NJ, and it is January and cold. Can I plant if I am able to dig and get the bulbs into the ground. If I can, should I protect them anyway? I read that I should keep them in the fridge for 6-8 weeks in a paper bag.  Do I plant after those 6-8 weeks? Will they bloom for spring getting them into the ground that late? What should I do, in the past I did tulips in November before the frost, but I want more to bloom this year and I found these beautiful colors just the other day and now it is winter.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The ground is probably too frozen at this time to plant the bulbs, but you can, as you suggest, put them in the fridge (or a cold garage) and plant them in the spring as soon as you are able. They will bloom (eventually). Just place them in a paper bag if they are going in the fridge. They will need at least 6-8 weeks of cold, so if you start now, they should just be ready for the ground in spring.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 23, 2011
Caring for Tulips After Blooming

I recently obtained a few potted tulips. I would like to know if I need to trim, and if so, when and how far down the plant in order to keep my tulips for next year. I’m in Florida, so I need to know how to preserve my bulbs too.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You should not trim the leaves. This is how the bulbs build up energy for next year. Once the leaves go yellow on their own, you will need to pre-chill them to get them to bloom for next year. This article has information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/how-to-plant-bulbs-in-the-south.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on January 25, 2011
Spring Bulbs

I did not plant my tulips before the ground froze. Can I plant as soon as the ground is workable, will I get blooms, and will putting the bulbs in the refrigerator help?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If you put the bulbs in the fridge and plant them as soon as the ground thaws, there is a good chance they will bloom for youin the spring.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 27, 2011
When to Cut Indoor Tulips

I have tulips that were given to me as a gift.  The tulips have bloomed and are ready to shed their leaves.  What do I do in order for them to look well trimmed?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Cheryl on February 11, 2011
Is It Too Late to Plant Tulips?

I live in North Mobile County Alabama and found a bag of tulip bulbs my daughter left behind on her way to US AirForce. It is mid February. What should I do with them? They are starting to sprout.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

As long as your ground is not frozen solid (i.e. you can dig in it) you can still plant the tulip bulbs.

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keeler

put them in a flower pot...not sure what type ofd soil...keep them outside in sunny place. once they start to really sprout..bring them inside and watch them grow. my father used to do this very successfully

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Asked by QUINCYJACK on February 14, 2011
Should You Divide Tulips

Should you divide tulips?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, you should divide tulips once they become overcrowded or at least every two to five years. This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/tulips/dividing-tulip-bulbs.htm

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