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    My husband brought home over two hundred tulip bulbs that had been previously planted and flowered this spring.

    On his construction jobsite, the shopping center landscapers took the red* ones out and will replant with yellow.* Go Figure!


    What do I do with the wet bulbs?* Some of the bulbs are very large,*and have*several smaller bulbs within each one bulb.

    This is my first attempt ever with any type of bulb planting.

    I couldn't turn down this many bulbs, and he was so proud of himself to retrieve them for me.* Any help is appreciated.


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    Hi Murphyred,

    Please don't misunderstand this, but you may find you will be disappointed with the display of blooms next year.* Many tulip bulbs (not all) grow to bloom size, set offset bulbs (those smaller bulbs you see), and then die.* You can't tell which from just looking at the flowers or bulbs.* I would suggest you plant them asap about 8" to 10" deep.* Add 3" to 4" of compost to the planting bed and mix it in.* Then plant.* If there are any leaves attached that have some green, leave them to feed the bulbs for next years bloom.* Remove the leaves once they are yellow.

    Here's some sites about bulbs that naturalize and return year after year.* The second site is down for the moment but should be working in a day or two.* There are also some good tips to the left of this page.
    http://www.johnscheepers.com/plantinginstr.html
    http://www.slate.com/id/2138844/
    http://www.theplantexpert.com/spring...Perennial.html
    http://www.bulb.com/templates/dispat...=100&tg=public

    Newt


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    Newt, Thank*you so much for your reply.* As I said, I am a part-time gardener. I am not a bit dissapointed.** I was hoping to get them in the ground now, and be rid of them.*

    We have planted vegetable gardens for a few years now and have had a bounty of goodies.** This year we have decided to tackle some landscaping and grass revival.*****

    So far I have had the dubious task of working the grass seed.* That was quite the project.** I also planted some azalea bushes and impatiens.*

    The only problem I had with the azaleas, we had some 70 and 80 degree days and it was most wonderful to get outside and get my hands dirty.* Then the next week we had a bad cold snap and I lost 2 of the bushes.*

    No worry though.* I had bought them at Lowes really cheap.**And three of them have now blossomed and are a beautiful pink variety.*

    If I have anymore questions this season I will be looking you up.* Thanks again for your help.****************************

    *

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    You are so very welcome!* If you are working on your lawn you might find some of these links in this post helpful.

    http://www.backyardgardener.com/foru..._to=5172#p5172

    Newt

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