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. Deirdre

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

    February 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm
  2. Grumpy Gardener (His Magnificence)

    You just have.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm
  3. 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