How to Care for Spent Tulip Bulbs

Temperatures are rising, bringing visions of hydrangeas and daisies and all sorts of lovely summer blooms. Your mind has probably moved on from tulips, but if you have any tulip bulbs in your yard like me, they still need some TLC, even after their flowers are long gone. Here’s what you need to know about caring for those spent tulip bulbs. 

Deadheading 

When the tulip petals fade and fall, we tend to forget about the tulips in our gardens. If you do notice their sad state, you might wonder what to do with them. The best practice is to snip off the faded flower and leave as much foliage as possible. It’s very important not to take too much green off. The bulb isn’t dormant yet at this stage. It’s still soaking up sun through the leaves. If you cut it to the ground while it’s still green, you risk starving the bulb and possibly killing it. That means no flashy spring colors next year. So, leave the greens and let them add some nice texture and...

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Tips and Tricks to Enjoy Those Tulips

 

Tulips are such a durable and versatile flower. In your garden you’ll notice that they are a very long-lasting flower. They can also be found in every grocery store and floral shop in the spring, and thanks to their incredibly long growing season, they’re often available as early as late-January all the way through May. You can even find some of the more common varieties way out of season since it’s such a popular flower for wholesaler greenhouses. All of those reasons and more is why I chose tulips for our Spring 2020 box.  

We've gone crazy for tulips this season, and we want to share all of the fun, extra info you need to enjoy them as well. 

Cutting from Your Garden 

Your yard is finally awash in springtime color, and you want to bring some of it inside. Before you start snipping, you need to keep a few things in mind.  

Start with a bucket of cold water. Tulips are spring flowers, and they love that cold, winter runoff....

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