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Tulips

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Question: 1041-4413
Is it too late to plant tulips in the garden? Larry, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
So long as you can dig through the frosted soil, you can plant the tulip bulbs down six inches. Put an inch of sand at the bottom of the hole unless your soil is sandy. This will prevent mold or other fungi. Do not put fertilizer in the hole. You can spread a handful of 5-10-10 on the surface.

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Question: 568-2611
My tulips had no flowers this year, They had bloomed in prior years. Should I plant new ones? Milo. Iron Range, MN

Mort's Answer:
Unfortunately too many tulips are bred for size today and not for hardiness. I suspect that you need to follow the instructions for Robert above. Another possibility is the frost killed the buds. I always advise folks to dig tulips up every spring, when they are done. Clean off all the soil and sun dry them for a few days. Remove all the hair roots and stems before drying and storing.

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Question: 727-1412
I have tulips in bloom in the house. Can I set them outside now? Roy, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
They will probably last a lot longer outdoors with the cooler temps that we have now. Tulips are being bred for size rather hardiness, especially the tulips that we purchase in bloom at this time of the year. After they finish blooming, you should remove all the soil and the hair roots under the bulb. Sun dry the bulbs for a few days after removing the stems as well. Place the bulbs in a plain paper bag and store them a cool dry place for the summer. Plant the bulbs and the offsets in the fall. You can plant the other spring bulbs, like hyacinths and daffodils, directly into the ground this spring.

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Question: 734-1612
Can I plant my Easter tulips in the garden? Joan, Uncasville, CT

Mort's Answer:
Tulips should be rested for the summer. Cut off the stems and true fibrous root under the bulbs. Sun dry them and store ten in a cool dry place in a brown paper bag. Plant them again in the fall. Repeat this process every year. Unlike hyacinths, dafs and other spring flowering bulbs, tulips rarely last. Because your soil is so clayey, you need to put an inch of sand at the bottom of a six inch hole in the fall.

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Question: 747-1912
We brought some tulips back from Holland and they look great. Can we leave them out? Alan, North Kingstown, RI

Mort's Answer:
If they are number ones, they are top quality. Many tulips bought here are not number ones and should be dug up and stored for the summer in a cool dry place. If your soil is sandy, I wold take a chance and leave them to regenerate in the ground. You might try taking a few indoors as a back up.

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Question: 850-4512
Is it too late to plant tulips in the garden? Larry, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
So long as you can dig through the frosted soil, you can plant the tulip bulbs down six inches. Put an inch of sand at the bottom of the hole unless your soil is sandy. This will prevent mold or other fungi. Do not put fertilizer in the hole. You can spread a handful of 5-10-10 on the surface.

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Question: 879-113
Is it really necessary to pull up tulips in the spring or can I just plant around them as the spring progresses. Larry, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
Most tulips are now bred for size and not necessarily for hardiness. I recommend digging them out when they are finished blooming to store them in a cool place for the summer. This gives them energy when replanted in the fall. If you have success with good blooms each year, by all means leave them and plant around them. A good cycle would include annuals for color and mums in the fall for late flowers.

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Question: 1237-1115
I did not get a chance to plant my tulips in the fall. They are sprouting in the basement. What should I do? Mary, Preston, CT

Mort's Answer:
You can force them for Easter now or wait until the ground is workable and plant them outdoors. You need to run them through the cycle now anyway. This means putting them in trays or pots of sand as soon as possible. They will need plenty of light and little fertilizer. Easter is April 5th this year so you may not be on time. Place four bulbs in a five inch pot with mostly sand and some potting soil. Water thoroughly the first time and as often as needed after the original soaking. If you are late for Easter, you can still plant pot and all outdoors. They can take 20 degrees as a low. Plants in trays can be transplanted as well individually in the garden. I still recommend taking tulips out after they finished blooming outdoors and storing them for the summer in the basement or garage in brown paper bags. Be sure to remove roots and stems prior to storing.

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