When should I trim back my done blooming tulips and how short should t

by Judybushnell
  8 answers
  • Bijous Bijous on May 11, 2018

    You can cut the stem all the way to the ground, if you like. They'll die back on their own if left alone.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 11, 2018

    do not prune the stems until the are totally brown, bulbs feed from foliage

  • Amanda Amanda on May 11, 2018

    Hi Judy. I trim mine after they are done blooming down to the ground.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 11, 2018

    It helps the bulbs get ready for next spring by taking the nutrients from the leaves back into the bulbs if you leave them to die back on their own.

  • Lillian Goreham Lillian Goreham on May 11, 2018

    Nancy Turner is correct. I know they look horrible but they need to die and leaves turn yellow. The bulbs need the nutrients from the tulip stems and leaves. Then cut them down to the ground.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on May 11, 2018

    Wait until the stalks turn brown and then clip off to about 2-3 inches from the ground. The dying stalks give the bulbs a boost so do not cut them off too early.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on May 11, 2018

    Let die back naturally until you can lift them off, without any effort.

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