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How To Store Tulip Bulbs

Tulip bulbs are one of the most popular flowers to grow in your yard. Tulips bloom early in the spring, adding color and beauty to your yard before other plants have even begun to bud. They can be planted in containers, beds, or borders and are a great addition to any garden.

How To Store Tulip Bulbs

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

1. Dig up the tulips in fall before the first frost.

Steps for Storing Tulip Bulbs: Remove all leaves and soil from the bulbs.

Wash them off to remove any dirt or grime that may be on them.
Allow them to dry completely, preferably by spreading them out on a screen or table in a warm, dry place (such as inside near a heater vent).

How Long to Store Tulip Bulbs?

It is best to store tulip bulbs for only one year. If you want to store them for longer than one year, it is best to cut off the tops of the bulbs and store just the bottoms. This will allow you to use those bulbs next spring without having to dig up new ones each time you want some flowers.

Store your tulips in an airtight container, such as a plastic bag with a lid or a cardboard box with holes punched into it so air can still get in but bugs cannot get out.

Do not store your tulips in plastic bags that have been used for something else because they may have chemicals on them that could damage your tulips when they are stored together. You can also wrap each bulb individually with newspaper or bubble wrap and then put them into an airtight container if you prefer this method instead of using bags.

Your tulip bulbs should keep well for at least 6 months if stored properly, but check on them every few weeks while they are being stored and remove any that start showing signs of mold growth or rotting so they do not infect the rest of your collection of bulbs.

Tips for How To Store Tulip Bulbs

Here are 5 things to take care of with respect to how to store tulip bulbs:

1. You will need to put the tulip bulbs in a dry place where they will not get too hot or cold for too long. A closet works well for this purpose. It is important that you don’t store them outside because they are susceptible to heat and moisture damage if not properly stored!

2. You can use a paper bag or an old pillowcase to store your tulip bulbs in. Make sure that it is clean and dry, though!

3. The bag should be closed tightly so that moisture cannot get inside of it.

4. It is important that you keep your tulip bulbs away from light sources such as windows or lamps, as this can cause the bulbs to sprout prematurely!

5. Be sure to label each bag with the name of the variety and the date that you planted it, so that you know when it is ready to be planted next spring!

Interesting Facts About Tulips

Here are 5 things you should know about tulips:

1. Tulips are native to Asia and the Mediterranean but they were introduced to Europe in the 16th century. The Dutch were responsible for their introduction into North America and Australia.

2. Tulips are perennial plants, meaning they live for more than two years. They grow from bulbs that look like onions but feel like a soft rock when you squeeze them.

3. There are about 75 species of tulips and about 12,000 varieties of tulips in existence today! That’s a lot of colors!

4. The first tulip was grown in the Netherlands in 1593, which is why they are called “Dutch” tulips (even though they are not from the Netherlands). They were named after a town in Turkey called Tulipa, where they originated as wildflowers.

5. In Holland during the 1600’s, people would trade anything for tulip bulbs, including houses and land! It was called “Tulipmania” and it lasted until 1637 when everyone realized there was no way anyone could make money on these flowers!


Tulip bulbs should be stored in a cool, dry place. They can be kept in paper bags or cardboard boxes for several months. For longer storage, the bulbs should be stored in a refrigerator or frozen.

Do tulip bulbs need to be planted with soil?

No, tulip bulbs should not be planted with soil. The bulb itself is actually the plant’s root system and all of its nutrients are stored inside the bulb. The outer skin of the bulb is just there to protect it from damage and disease until it’s ready to grow.

To plant your tulip bulbs you will need to remove the outer skin of the bulb by gently rubbing it off with your fingers (do not peel). You can also use sandpaper if needed. Once you have removed all of the outer skin, you will see a white layer underneath called “the tunic”. This part should still remain attached to the bulb.

Remove this layer as well and you will see some fleshy material that looks like roots on one end of the bulb. These are called “root eyes” and they contain most of the nutrients that your tulip needs to grow into a beautiful flower next spring! After removing these roots, your tulip is ready for planting!

The answer is yes and no. It depends on where you live and how you store them. I’ve heard people say they’ve saved tulip bulbs for years, but in my experience, the odds are against it.

Growing Tulips from Bulbs: How to Save Them for Next Year

If you live in a warm climate (USDA zones 8b to 11) or have a cool basement that stays above freezing year-round, you can try storing your unplanted tulip bulbs. If you live in a very cold climate (USDA zones 4 to 7), there’s not much point because the bulbs will rot before spring arrives. But if you live in a milder climate and want to give it a try, here’s what to do:

1. Dig up your tulip bulbs after the foliage dies back completely (usually around November). Choose healthy-looking bulbs that are firm and plump with no signs of shriveling or soft spots. Remove any loose soil from the roots but don’t wash them off; just brush off any excess dirt with your hands or a soft brush. You can also gently rub off any dried mud clinging to the leaves and stems with your fingers or an old toothbrush.

2. Place the bulbs in mesh bags or pillowcases and hang them somewhere protected from rodents, insects, and direct sunlight—like inside an enclosed garage or shed—where temperatures remain between Tulip bulbs can be stored for up to one year.

What is the best way to store tulip bulbs?

We recommend storing your tulip bulbs in a cool, dry place. The best place would be your basement or garage. Keep them away from windows and heat sources and make sure they are not exposed to direct sunlight.

No. Tulip bulbs do not need to be refrigerated, but it is a good idea to store them in a cool, dry place.

Can I plant tulip bulbs in the fall?

Yes, you can plant tulip bulbs in the fall. Fall planting is best for areas with mild winters and short growing seasons. Planting tulips in the fall will give them time to grow roots before spring arrives. To plant tulips in the fall, dig holes twice as wide as the bulbs and deep enough so that the top of the bulb is level with or slightly above ground level when planted. Space bulbs 4 inches apart and water well after planting. Keep an eye on your plants and add more soil if necessary to keep soil level even with the tops of your bulbs.