Hi, this is Yolanda from vanveenbulbs.com.
And in this segment, we’re going to talk about how to take care of tulips or tulip bulbs
after they’re done blooming. Now, tulips are so beautiful when they bloom in the springtime
and the blooms last a few weeks to a couple months. But when they start dying back, the
greenery just turns brown and ratty, and you just don’t know what to do with the bulbs.
So let’s take a minute and we’ll talk about it. So my theory on plants is if it’s green
and lush, leave it alone. If it starts turning brown, cut it down. Well, these are still
green, so you might want to leave them just a little bit longer. Maybe chop it halfway.
As soon as they’re done blooming, I kind of chop all my plants about halfway down so that
they just are shorter and they don’t look so ratty, but they’re still green on some
of the leaves, so they’re getting photosynthesis and the bulb is multiplying quicker. Now,
once the tulips have done blooming, they’re not going to bloom ’til the next year again.
So I just leave them in my flowerbeds and plant lilies and calla lilies and canna lilies
and all types of different plants that bloom in the summer through the fall in the same
areas. So the important thing with tulip bulbs, at least in the Northwest, is that we make
sure that they don’t get too dry in the summer because if you put them in a bed where they
never get any water all summer long and we get the hot, warm summers in the late August
in the Northwest where it just cooks even 100 degrees for days on end. And what happens
if they’re dry, you’re going to lose them. Same thing, if you plant them in a really
wet area and they’re sitting amok year round, you’re going to lose them because they’re
too wet. So my key is raised beds, and don’t plant them eight inches deep like the books
tell you. Only plant them about three inches deep. I have never lost them at three inches
deep, and I always lose them if I plant them too deep, at least in the Northwest because
we don’t get a lot of snow, and snow actually insulates. So if you’re living in Northern
climates where there’s lots of snow, then they’ll actually be protected and they’ll
do fine for the next year. Vice versa, if you live in San Diego or a really warm climate
and you want to get your tulips to bloom the second year, they won’t bloom outside unless
they actually get a chill time. So let all the greens die back to nothing, and then just
throw them in a paper bag and put them in the refrigerator, or better yet, the freezer
for about two to three months and then turn around and plant them again. And you’ll find
you should get them to bloom a second or third or even fourth time. So tulips are great in
mild climates because you can just leave them in the ground and they’ll come back from year
to year to year, but the trick is don’t let them get too dry or too wet. And you can always
leave the in containers even, and they’ll come back from year to year in the containers.
They’re a very easy plant to grow.