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Tulip Stalks???

Post  metweezer on 5/29/2013, 4:04 pm

What do you all do with your tulip plants after the flower has fallen off? Is it okay to cut off the still green stalk or should you just let it die off naturally? I know that I will have a new tulip next year but is there any harm just leveling these unsightly plants now as they will not reflower this season? :scratch:
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Post  camprn on 5/29/2013, 4:18 pm

With all spring flowering bulbs, after bloom you may 'dead head' them, meaning you may cut off the flower stalk. Leave the foliage as it continues to allow the bulb to grow. The foliage naturally will die back in about 6-8 weeks. While the foliage is still present you may feed the bulbs by either adding compost to the soil surface or sprinkling a little bit of pellet fertilizer and bone meal. Not too much though. Very Happy

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Post  gwennifer on 5/29/2013, 6:21 pm

Hi metweezer. happy hi

I echo what camprn said. I cut the whole flower stalk off once a bloom dies, which does help with the eyesore part until the foliage starts dying. Then there's a painful few weeks of waiting until the foliage has died off enough to pull it all out. Wish that I had enough room to have later blooming perennials in front of those spring bulbs, sprouting in time to cover up the dying foliage!
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