Can these tulip bulbs be saved?

We moved into a new home last December. I received some tulip flowers last Easter and last summer I planted them. During the winter they were under a mud snow path, and got trampled on, but still bloomed this spring. They looked mangled though. Not right. Like possibly they were sick. But still trying. They are (were) in between some box wood bushes and I was tilling, I decided on impulse to dig them up. The picture is the bulbs I recovered. Are they salvageable? If so what can I do to them, I'd probably need to replant them this spring, otherwise I'll loose them, lol amongst the craziness of the kids, dogs and other things. Thanks in advance.


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q can these tulip bulbs be saved
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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on May 04, 2018
    Hi Lenore,
    It's hard to say if they are salvageable, but they might be. I'd suggest planting them where you want them and also marking the area (maybe with Popsicle sticks) so you know exactly where they are. Leave them alone and let them go through their dormant stage in the winter. They might surprise you can come up next spring. Wishing you the best.
  • Amanda Amanda on May 04, 2018
    Hi Lenore. I would plant them. Especially if they just bloomed. The color looks good. Replant them and they should be back in spring.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 04, 2018
    if they are still hard and not mushy plant them
  • Lenore Lenore on May 04, 2018
    Thanks guys, the color is good? White?
  • Lenore Lenore on May 04, 2018
    Some are brown in the shell me a few I broke
  • Ellis Ellis on May 05, 2018
    I would give them a chance, replant them and see what happens. Tulips tend to peter out on me after a few years, though. I don't have the greatest luck myself with tulips, so I plant other bulbs. I find daffodils to be pretty easy, they multiply, and squirrels, etc., leave them alone. As a new gardener, try some (I buy the big bags of bulbs in the fall, and plant them in random bunches anywhere I think I'd like to see flowers in spring!) Since you're in Buffalo, maybe some mid- or late-season daffodils, because snow might spoil the show of the early ones.

    Enjoy your new house.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 05, 2018
    Yes, they can, but I have never had any luck with keeping bulbs and replanting them. I love Caladium and used to spend a lot of time taking them up and cleaning and drying and storing...only to have a less than desirable results. Now I just buy the mixed color and size batch from Florida Boys Caladkum by the 100 each year!

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on May 05, 2018
    You really have nothing to loose. Put the in the ground or a pot and see what happens next spring
  • Lenore Lenore on May 14, 2018
    I did that before, with flowers I was given and it worked. So hey, your right, what do I have to loose? Is it better to plant in the ground or in a planter?
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