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Gardening Tips : Care of Tulips After Bloom

November 5, 2019

Hi, this is Yolanda from
And in this segment, we’re going to talk about how to take care of tulips or tulip bulbs
after they’re done blooming. Now, tulips are so beautiful when they bloom in the springtime
and the blooms last a few weeks to a couple months. But when they start dying back, the
greenery just turns brown and ratty, and you just don’t know what to do with the bulbs.
So let’s take a minute and we’ll talk about it. So my theory on plants is if it’s green
and lush, leave it alone. If it starts turning brown, cut it down. Well, these are still
green, so you might want to leave them just a little bit longer. Maybe chop it halfway.
As soon as they’re done blooming, I kind of chop all my plants about halfway down so that
they just are shorter and they don’t look so ratty, but they’re still green on some
of the leaves, so they’re getting photosynthesis and the bulb is multiplying quicker. Now,
once the tulips have done blooming, they’re not going to bloom ’til the next year again.
So I just leave them in my flowerbeds and plant lilies and calla lilies and canna lilies
and all types of different plants that bloom in the summer through the fall in the same
areas. So the important thing with tulip bulbs, at least in the Northwest, is that we make
sure that they don’t get too dry in the summer because if you put them in a bed where they
never get any water all summer long and we get the hot, warm summers in the late August
in the Northwest where it just cooks even 100 degrees for days on end. And what happens
if they’re dry, you’re going to lose them. Same thing, if you plant them in a really
wet area and they’re sitting amok year round, you’re going to lose them because they’re
too wet. So my key is raised beds, and don’t plant them eight inches deep like the books
tell you. Only plant them about three inches deep. I have never lost them at three inches
deep, and I always lose them if I plant them too deep, at least in the Northwest because
we don’t get a lot of snow, and snow actually insulates. So if you’re living in Northern
climates where there’s lots of snow, then they’ll actually be protected and they’ll
do fine for the next year. Vice versa, if you live in San Diego or a really warm climate
and you want to get your tulips to bloom the second year, they won’t bloom outside unless
they actually get a chill time. So let all the greens die back to nothing, and then just
throw them in a paper bag and put them in the refrigerator, or better yet, the freezer
for about two to three months and then turn around and plant them again. And you’ll find
you should get them to bloom a second or third or even fourth time. So tulips are great in
mild climates because you can just leave them in the ground and they’ll come back from year
to year to year, but the trick is don’t let them get too dry or too wet. And you can always
leave the in containers even, and they’ll come back from year to year in the containers.
They’re a very easy plant to grow.


  • Reply Dean Johnson March 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks Yulanda you rock , i have watch all your wonderful videos and you are the best help , these tutorials are helpful.

  • Reply Dean Johnson March 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Do the Tulip Bulbs Burn out after the first year? should I keep planting more bulbs to keep them looking good in my garden?

    Please answer this post if you know the answer, I'm new to bulbs.

  • Reply Berthine Canty February 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I just received a tulip plant for valentine's day. I live in Florida and she is blooming beautifully. I have watched several of your video's and you say to let the green leaves die down to nothing and then place the bulb's in the freezer since we are in a warmer climate. Should I do this even if my plant is an indoor plant? she isn't planted outside but in a pot. Should I place compost into my plant if i am to replant her? (sorry i'm very new to gardening)

  • Reply Garden Sheds Devon December 11, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Another gorgeous attraction that will add to our garden is the tulip flowers. With the big help of this video, we are now knowledgeable on how to care such plant after blooming. But I guess we have to be cautious about fertilizing tulips immediately after flowering because doing so can prone your plant into disease.

  • Reply JAck Sprat March 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Not in the freezer OMG!

  • Reply SirJae Jones December 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    WAIT WHAT?? I have to dig them up and replant them? I didn't sign up for that

  • Reply Bobby W. February 28, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    If you cut them out, does a new one grow in it's place?

  • Reply Vivienne Soan May 9, 2016 at 5:01 am

    No sound?

  • Reply mike gaudio May 24, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for! Thank you.

  • Reply denis Wilson May 20, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    THANK YOU   …. Yes!!   you are the first person to give an answer to my question.

  • Reply ja z May 25, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    why does pistil get big on a Tulips?

  • Reply Miguel anguiano February 11, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Awesome thank you for the information. I'm going to put mine in the refrigerator because it got up to 130 and more last summer. Thank you very much

  • Reply Loreena Balderrama March 10, 2018 at 6:31 am

    My tulip leaves are turning purple help is that normal in pot bloomed already.

  • Reply Dayle Morse May 31, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Funny…one says not to refrigerated the tulips and another one says it's OK.. I still haven't seen how to deal with hydroponic grown tulips …mind have died down I got the tops cut and in a paper bag…roots were still wet…one started getting mold but I got it cleaned off..bull looks a little gold color while the others are still white-ish…. so… do I refrigerate them…? Let them dry first..? I did put them in a paper towel.. should I remove that…?

  • Reply Korry Goldson June 4, 2018 at 2:42 am

    in southwest Ohio. I have Blue Grape Hyacinth and a few tulips I have in a raised flower bed around my tree. will these two plants multiply at the same rate? they are all 1 year old. thanks.

  • Reply Paloma Pérez September 29, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    What if I cut them before they turn brown? I mean, removing all the leaves…

  • Reply Hubert Hubert October 5, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    An Adirondack chair!

  • Reply Kena Kay November 22, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Hello, Yolanda Vanveen what happens when you plant tulips 8inches deep? Thanks

  • Reply A Supremum February 18, 2019 at 2:50 am

    The freezer??! They'd become mush in the freezer. They're not supposed to freeze rock solid! In nature they never freeze rock solid because they're insulated by the ground.

  • Reply Zeenath May 13, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Thank you very much was very very useful.

  • Reply Marlise Govan September 23, 2019 at 2:15 pm


  • Reply Alex Wongalong September 28, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Darwin tulips

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