Can I plant a tulip plant I received for Easter?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 24, 2017
    Yes you can plant it now providing your ground is workable. Dig the hole twice the size of the plant ,put a little bone meal in the hole and tap the soil all around getting all the air out.Leave the foliage on as the bulb feed from that.
  • Seethebeauty Seethebeauty on Apr 24, 2017
    Interesting question! It is actually best to wait until the autumn season. But, in the meantime, deadhead the blooms as they die, but leave the greenery alone until they turn completely brown, then cut them down to the soil. This nurtures the bulbs which will help the them survive the first winter. Don't plant smelly or soft bulbs and don't be discouraged when they don't bloom the first season.
  • Karen Myers Karen Myers on Apr 24, 2017
    Most greenhouse grown flowers are more delicate than the one grown in a natural setting. You will need to test your soil. To make sure the acidity isn't too much or not enough. Check your zone to be sure tulips will grow in your area before trying to plant outside.
  • Claude Claude on Apr 24, 2017
    I've been replanting all my easter flowers for years. Sometimes they come back, sometimes they don't. Most are chilled and then forced. To bloom . Which burns them out. Butplant anyway. I have 20 or more Easter lillies that came back and continue to return.

  • I am in your boat Cparisi76! I have bunches of bulb plants given to me over the years. Easter lily, tulip, hyacinth, daffodil. I just let them die back naturally, re pot in appropriate soil and place in a corner of my side yard and let them be. Come late winter I pull them out, fluff them up a bit and let them do their thing. I would say 75% success rate. Granted my climate contributes to their success, and at least I have a nice bunch of bulb flowers to enjoy from previous years. We had such a wacky fall that one teeny tiny hyacinth bloomed in early December along with my pineapple sage (which my hummingbirds enjoy immensely! Going to find a place and plant more!)

    So I say yes, re pot and hope for the best - always worth a try . . .
  • Janine Janine on Apr 24, 2017
    I have in the past and they come up every spring! I just dug the hole out, placed the whole plant (dirt and all) in and covered with the dirt and then mulch.
  • Melissa Melissa on Apr 24, 2017
    Sure, but it will not bloom again until next year. You could also just salvage the bulbs from the plant you received, allow to dry, and then store it until such time- like fall- when you would be planting other bulbs. Some people can get tulip bulbs to bloom again by storing them in the refrigerator for several weeks- to make them think that they are in the cold, and then you could plant them and they might bloom again then, but I am not positive.
  • Bulldog Bulldog on Apr 24, 2017
    I do this all the time and have about 90 percent luck with them coming up next year
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