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How To Dig Up Tulip Bulbs

Tulip bulbs are easy to grow and can be a beautiful addition to your landscape. They will add color and interest in the spring, but they do require some maintenance. Digging up tulip bulbs is something that must be done every year, or the bulbs will rot in the ground. Here’s how to dig up tulip bulbs.

How To Dig Up Tulip Bulbs

Here is the complete process explained in detail on how to dig up tulip bulbs:

Step 1:

1. Dig up the plant in fall before the ground freezes.

Step 2:

2. Remove as much soil as possible from the roots by shaking them back and forth in a tub of water or placing them on a screen and rinsing with a hose.

Step 3:

3. Trim off any damaged roots, then cut each bulb into several pieces with a sharp knife or pruning shears. Place the bulbs on a screen or tray to cure for two to three weeks in an area with good air circulation and temperatures between 40 and 50 degrees F (4-10 C). The purpose of curing is to dry out the moisture inside bulbs so they don’t rot during storage.

Step 4:

4. After curing, store the bulbs in mesh bags, paper bags or cardboard boxes in a cool, dark area that has good air circulation for six to eight weeks until planting time. If you live where winter temperatures regularly dip below freezing, store your tulip bulbs in a refrigerator instead of outside to prevent them from freezing and cracking when you try to plant them later in spring.


Tulip bulbs are usually planted at least 10 inches deep because they grow their best when planted deeply enough that most of their tops are just above ground level after emergence (when leaves appear).

Planting too shallow can cause poor flowering or even death of the bulb after emergence because it gets too warm too quickly during hot weather when it’s growing upward toward sunlight but hasn’t yet had time to develop extensive root systems that can reach deep into cooler soil layers for water and nutrients once it emerges above ground level!

Tips for How To Dig Up Tulip Bulbs

Here are 5 things to take care of with respect to how to dig up tulip bulbs:
1. You will need a shovel, a bucket of water and some gloves.

2. Dig up your tulip bulbs after the leaves have died back completely and before the ground freezes over in the fall.

3. Make sure you dig them up at least 6 inches deep so that all parts of the bulb are exposed to air, which will help them dry out faster and prevent disease from forming.

4. After you’ve dug them up, wash off any dirt or debris on their surfaces with hose water or a wet brush to get rid of any bacteria that might have formed during storage.

5. Store your tulip bulbs in mesh bags that allow air circulation but keep out insects and rodents!

Interesting Facts About Tulips

Here are 5 things you should know about tulips:

1. Tulips are not only the most popular flower in the Netherlands, they are also one of the country’s main exports. In fact, the Netherlands is responsible for approximately 90 percent of all commercial tulip production in the world. The United States imports approximately $300 million worth of tulips from Holland each year.

2. While there are over 200 different species of tulips, only a handful are grown commercially for export and sale to florists and gardeners around the world.

The most popular varieties include:

Tulipa clusian

This variety was discovered by botanist Carolus Clusius in 1601 while he was studying at Leiden University in Holland. It is also known as “Dutch Yellow” and “Yellow Parrot” because of its bright yellow petals with a red center. It is one of the oldest cultivated varieties and has been grown since 1593. It blooms early (March or April) and grows well in cold climates like those found in North America and Europe.

Tulipa bakeri

Also known as “Baker’s Red” or “Red Giant,” this variety has large red petals with a white center that grow up to 7 inches long. It was first imported into Europe from Turkey by Sir Joseph Banks during his voyage aboard Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour between 1768-1771.

Tulipa praestans

Also known as “Showy Tulip,” this variety can grow up to 8 inches across with large red petals that have a white base surrounded by yellow streaks on its edges with a single black spot near its base (like an eye). It was first introduced into England from Turkey by Sir Joseph Banks during his voyage aboard Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour between 1768-1771 but it wasn’t widely grown until 1824 when it became popular among florists after being exhibited at an international flower show in London where it received top honors for its beauty and size.

Tulipa kaufmanniana

Also called “Kauffmanns Zwanenburg,” this variety has striking colors including red petals with two black stripes running down them which gives them a striped appearance similar to zebra stripes; yellow stamens; green leaves; and brownish-red stems which give it an overall reddish appearance when


Yes, you can dig up tulip bulbs in autumn and replant them in spring. They will take about two years to flower again.

Can I plant tulips in pots?

Tulips do not like to be planted in pots. Tulips need a lot of space to grow and spread out their roots. If you put them in a pot, they will soon become too crowded and the bulbs will rot.

Tulip bulbs can be dug up in the autumn, after the leaves have fallen. Dig them up with a spade or fork and brush off any soil that is still attached to them. Put them in a box or basket and store them somewhere cool, dark and dry. The bulbs will need to rest for about six weeks before they are ready to plant again.

When can tulips be planted?

Plant your tulip bulbs in late winter or early spring, as soon as the ground has thawed enough. Plant them at least 10cm deep and 15cm apart from each other. Water well after planting to help settle the soil around the roots of the tulips.

No. Tulip bulbs are dormant and should not be dug up or moved after flowering.

When do tulips bloom?

Tulips bloom from March to May depending on the variety and weather conditions. The best time to see them in bloom is April and May.

First, you need to dig them up. You can do this in the fall or winter. If you dig them up in the fall, they are easier to keep indoors until spring. Put them in a pot, with some soil around them (they will grow roots from their stems). They like it cold and moist during the winter.

If you want to plant them outdoors in the spring, wait until after all danger of frost is past. Plant them at least 6 inches deep, and mulch well. They need a lot of water while they’re growing.

How do I plant tulips?

Plant your bulbs so that the top half inch or so is above ground level — not too high, but not buried under dirt either. Water well after planting and then just let nature take its course! The more sun they get, the bigger they’ll grow!