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Help with Tulips

Kris Benarcik kbenarc1 at cc.swarthmore.edu
Wed Apr 26 13:48:08 EST 1995

In article <0jaHN8m00iV881ekxa at andrew.cmu.edu>, "Michelle J. Sturdevant"
<msdw+ at andrew.cmu.edu> wrote:

> I know nothing aobut plants.  A friend of mine gave me some tulips
> (Potted and in full bloom), they are now about dead.  Is there anything
> I can do to save th bulbs so I might plant them next year?  When should
> they be planted?  How should the bulbs be stored before planting?
> Michelle


It is virtually impossible to replant tulips that have been forced and have
them bloom again, but if you want to try, they should be planted out into
the garden now (agout 6 " deep), fertilized and allowed to go through their
natural cycle.  Hybrid tulips are not particularly long-lived even in the
garden and usually quit blooming after 3 or 4 years.  For best bloom, we
recommend treating them as annuals.

Kris Benarcik
The Scott Arboretum 
of Swarthmore College

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