Tulips
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Tulips

Zone Denver, CO 80237 | pookyspunk added on March 7, 2018 | Answered

I bought tulips about a week ago at the grocery store. They were in full bloom and in a big glass vase with the bulbs on them. The blooms are faded now. What would I do with them now and when can I plant the bulbs outside ?

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MichiganDot
Answered on March 7, 2018

Bulbs that are forced indoors are usually tossed out. The bulbs are exhausted and may not recover. If it is a fancy hybrid tulip, it isn't worth trying to say them. If you want to give it a try anyway, pot the tulips up in potting mix with added superphosphate, fertilize and give them a week or 2 inside at a sunny window. Then harden them off and plant outside. If they recover, they still may not bloom next year, needing extra time to rebuild the bulb.

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