Valentine's Tulips -- Now What? Grumpy Responds

Hey Grumpy! My husband gave me beautiful potted tulips that have bloomed for Valentine's Day. What should I do with them now to enjoy their blooms in years to come? I know you're supposed to plant bulbs in the fall, so I am lost. Thanks for your help! Lindsay

Grumpy replies: Unfortunately, Lindsay, most of the big-flowered tulips don't bloom for more than 2-3 years in the South.They don't like our soils and climate. However, if you want to give it a go, what you need to do is put the pot of foliage in a sunny place indoors until after your last frost. (Yes, I know that the tulips in the picture are in a sunny place outdoors, but I cheated. It's my blog, so I can do that.) Keep them watered. When the leaves turn yellow in late spring, cut them off and plant the bulbs in your garden. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil and plant the bulbs about 6 inches deep and 6-8 inches apart. If you're lucky, next spring you'll get more than leaves.

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