Asked on Jan 21, 2012

when do you dig tulip bulbs and replant them?

Grandmasue10Douglas HuntIrene R


6 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jan 22, 2012

    Irene, I'm not sure I understand your question. The only real reason to have to dig tulip bulbs would be if you lived somewhere they didn't get enough cold and you had to provide that by refrigerating them for a time period. You certainly don't need to do that in North Carolina. Otherwise, tulips don't usually last more than a two or three years, and plenty of gardeners consider them as annuals, so it doesn't seem like it would be worth the effort to try to move them to another part of your garden. Let us know what you're trying to accomplish and we'll try to help.

  • Erica Glasener
    on Jan 22, 2012

    Irene, in NC you plant tulips in the fall. If you want to find varieties that are more perennial check with www.BRENTANDBECKYSBULBS.COM the smaller species types of tulips are not as showy but will persist in the garden, including Tulipa clusiana.

  • Mike and Anne
    on Jan 22, 2012

    Irene, most tulips are short-lived in our area of North Carolina. They get planted in the fall in an area that gets full sun and stay in the ground year-round. Fertilizing the bulbs when the foliage first appears in the winter may improve the chance of more than one year of bloom.It is best not to plant anything directly over the bulbs although some gardeners will try some shallow rooted annuals to provide some color in the summer. Most commercial landscapers in the area treat tulips as annuals; they dig the bulbs when they have finished blooming and discard the bulbs.

  • Irene R
    on Jan 22, 2012

    I was wanting to replant them somewhere else

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jan 23, 2012

    Irene, if you want to move them somewhere and try to get another year out of them, wait until after they have bloomed and the foliage has yellowed, then dig them.

  • Grandmasue10
    on May 7, 2016

    Now, that's good advice. Our "Darwins" were in the Chicago area. Plenty of cold weather to make them bloom in spring.

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