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How To Get Tulips To Come Back

Tulips are perennial flowers that grow from bulbs. The bulbs need to be planted in the fall so that they have time to rest and develop before spring. However, some tulips can be forced into bloom for an early spring display.

How To Get Tulips To Come Back

Here is the complete process explained in detail on how to get tulips to come back:

1. Dig up the bulbs.

Locate the tulip bulbs in the fall, after they have died back and are no longer green. Use a shovel to gently loosen the soil around each bulb, then carefully lift it out of the ground.

(You can also do this in late winter, before new growth appears.)  If you have more than one type of tulip planted together, remember which ones came up where so you can replant them correctly next year.

Step 2:

2. Remove any damaged or diseased bulbs from your collection.

Step 3:

3. Clean off excess dirt from each bulb with a soft brush or by rinsing it under cool water until all dirt is removed from the root area.

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4. Replant your tulips in well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, such as compost or rotted manure (not fertilizer). Plant them about 4 inches deep and 6 inches apart for large varieties and 2 to 3 inches deep for smaller ones, pointed end up and with at least 2 inches of each bulb showing above ground level when planted (the top of the bulb will be covered with soil).

Space clumps 12 to 18 inches apart if you want full-sized flowers next spring; closer spacing produces smaller blooms that often bloom earlier than those grown in larger groups; even closer spacing produces baby bulbs called bulblets that can be dug up and transplanted elsewhere after they bloom next year (although they may not flower until their second spring).

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5. Water thoroughly once a week during dry weather until new growth appears next spring, then water lightly once or twice a week throughout summer to encourage continued growth and flowering next year (but don’t overwater). Add more organic matter to your planting area every few years as needed to keep it rich and moist but well drained .

Tips for How To Get Tulips To Come Back

Here are 5 things to take care of with respect to how to get tulips to come back:

1. You will need to plant tulips in a spot that gets full sun, but not too much direct sunlight. Tulips like to be planted in a well-drained soil. If you have clay soil, you can add compost or peat moss to the soil before planting your tulips to help with drainage issues.

2. When planting your tulips, make sure they are planted at the same depth that they were planted when they were growing in their original pots. This will ensure that they get enough water and nutrients throughout the season. Plant them around 1 inch deep, and then cover them with about 1 inch of dirt over the top of them.

3. Make sure there is space between each tulip bulb when planting so that they don’t compete for water and nutrients from each other since it is important for them to receive plenty of both!

4. Water your tulips every week or two during dry spells if you live in an area where there are droughts and/or long periods without rain or snowfall (depending on where you live). This will ensure that your tulips get enough water throughout the season!

5. Fertilize your tulip bulbs every spring after blooming has finished for maximum results next year! You can use a fertilizer designed specifically for bulbs or just use some compost mixed into the soil around your bulbs as fertilizer since it works great as well!

Interesting Facts About Tulips

Here are 5 things you should know about tulips:

1. Tulips are not native to North America. The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is a deciduous tree that grows along the eastern and southern United States. It was introduced into Europe in the 16th century, and from there it was brought to the New World by European colonists.

2. The color of a tulip has nothing to do with its health or vigor. The color of a tulip is determined by the presence or absence of pigment in its petals, which comes from a gene that is dominant and recessive: red-flowered plants have two copies of this gene (R), while white-flowered plants have no copies of this gene (r). Red-flowered plants are much more common than white ones, but both can be found growing wild in nature.

3. Tulips are considered invasive species in areas where they have been introduced outside their natural range. For example, they have been found to crowd out native plant species in parts of Europe and North America, including parts of Canada and the northeastern United States. In some cases they also take over grasslands, creating monocultures that prevent many other species from living there effectively.

4. Tulips grow best when planted under trees or inside forested areas with lots of shade and moisture, as long as there is not too much shade or moisture present at any given time during the growing season! They require moist soil but cannot tolerate standing water for long periods of time; they also need plenty of sunlight so that they can flower well! They prefer soil that does not contain heavy amounts of clay or sand; instead, it should be loamy with plenty of organic matter added to it before planting begins!


Tulips are not self-sowing. The bulbs need to be planted in the ground and they will bloom again next year.

How do you grow tulips?

Tulips prefer a sunny location, with well-drained soil and plenty of organic matter. Plant tulip bulbs 6 inches deep and about 6 inches apart, pointed end up. Keep the soil moist until the foliage appears. After that, water only during dry spells to avoid rot. Remove spent flowers as soon as they fade to keep plants looking their best for the rest of the season.

We don’t recommend leaving tulip bulbs in the ground all year. If you leave them in the ground, they’ll likely rot and die.

How do I care for my tulips after planting?

After planting your new tulips, keep an eye on them! Tulips are a bit more sensitive than other spring flowers, so you may want to consider protecting them from the elements by covering them with a plastic bag or row cover. They may need some extra water as well.

Is there anything you would like to add?

Yes! I have a new tulip book coming out in the spring of 2016. It’s called Tulips: The Story of a Flower That Has Never Existed and will be published by Princeton Architectural Press.