Posted by Newt on February 26, 2003 at 02:09:50:
In Reply to: tulips posted by Frances Mills on February 25, 2003 at 07:09:46:
: I got tulips for Valentine and would like to know how to keep the bulb until fall to plant and when do I cut the leaves. The flower has died but the leaves and stems are still green.Do I cut the leaves from the bulb or let them die?Do I keep watering them? I'm afraid the bulb will rot. I got 3pots with about 20 bulbs and I hate for them to die they were so beautiful. Thanks Frances
If the ground isn't frozen where you are, go ahead and plant them. If not, keep watering as needed and let the foilage turn yellow. This will feed the bulbs for next years blooms. When the foilage is completely yellow and can be removed with a gentle tug, continue to water sparingly until you can plant them in the garden.
Hope this helped,