Originally Posted by stitchwitch
*runs off to raid Photolady's garden.........
Hey wait, how the heck did you get tulips to bloom here????????
I keep em in pots, and bag them up, until next year. All that.
If your garden has poor soil the bulbs should be fed after blooming, when they are storing food for the following seasonís growth. Feed the plants with a liquid or granular balanced fertiliser and continue to water in dry conditions until the leaves begin to die off naturally. This may take about two or three months.
After flowers have finished, cut off the spent flower stems but do not cut back the foliage. If you cut off the leaves before they died down naturally, the bulb will not have the reserves to grow and flower the following season.
Some bulbs are not winter hardy, hence in cold climates those bulbs should be lifted and stored to be used the next season. The bulbs can be stored in a paper bag. You should store them in a dark, cool and dry place that is well ventilated. Make sure that the temperature is constant. Periodic inspections should be made and any bulbs showing signs of mildew or rotting removed. Shaking the bulbs in a plastic sack with a little fungicide is a good measure of prevention.
All physically damaged bulbs should be discarded.