Posted by jjj on April 30, 2003 at 14:25:56:
In Reply to: Tulips posted by Dick Neville on April 30, 2003 at 11:07:04:
You could do either. By putting them in the garden you will strengthen them for blooming next year as you already know. But you will be doing double work, because I assume you are using garden as temporary storage for them.
You can get away with just cutting the tops and storing them until fall but it may take a year or two of building up the bulbs again before you get blooms. Are you sure they will be done blooming by Sunday, here in Madison, the Tulips have not even started to bloom.
If I had the time and space I would put them in the garden because that will keep the bulbs at their best potential.
Too bad they have to dig up your flower bed for a construction project. Had you known early enough you could have transplanted them to the garden last fall already or cut off the flower heads as they emerged to help the bulb conserve energy on the front end.