Valentine’s Tulips — Now What? Grumpy Responds

February 26, 2010 | By | Comments (3)

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

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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.


  1. Cameron (Defining Your Home)

    As we had dinner last night with my declining tulips still on the table, my husband asked me why I hadn’t thrown them out yet.
    I told him I was going to plant them. WHAT? Then, I said –Grumpy said I could plant them. Having met you, he knows you must be right. LOL It’s a guy thing.

    February 28, 2010 at 7:59 am
  2. Grumpy Gardener (His Magnificence)

    You just have.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm
  3. Deirdre

    May I add that she should make sure they stay dry during their dormant period, too?

    February 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm

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