Digging Tulip Bulbs – Why Do This?

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:30 pm

Sometimes I think, I did plant tulips there, where are they? Well my dears this may be because I forgot to get the bulbs out of the ground 🙁.

Tulips bring us spring, but it’s over after just a few weeks. The rest of the tulip is rather a boring sight.

Digging Tulip Bulbs - Why Do This?

What happens after the flowering?

Finally spring and then after a few weeks the flowering of the tulip is history. One is temptation to cut the leaves of the tulip.


I would strongly advise against this. Because the following year flowering will not occur. However, dried up flower stalks may be cut off with pleasure.

If you remove the withered stems of the tulips in time, they can no longer form flower seeds.
form. All the power flows back into the bulb, which will help you and which is very good for you and the bulb in the following year.

Tulips store all the power and thus create an
energy stock for the next year.

Of course, this takes a certain time, so you should not be
hastily reach for the scissors. The foliage is cut only when
green areas are no longer visible and the leaves are withered.
are withered.

Another tip for you:
If you forget to remove the foliage, they will begin to rot and attract pests.

Why dig up tulip bulbs?

One answer is, for example, that you no longer need to look at the withered foliage in your garden. But is not the only answer to this questionThe bulbs of tulips are not planted too deep into the ground when they are planted in the fall.

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In most cases, this hinders further gardening in the spring.
By digging around, a spade can accidentally split or dig up the bulbs.
There are 2 main advantages to this
The withered foliage is no longer found in the bed.

The bulbs are stored in the dry so they can be replanted in the fall.

Sometimes you feel like you had a lot more tulips in your garden. Is that the case with you? Is it because you didn’t dig up the bulbs. Tulips have a way of digging themselves deeper and deeper into the ground. At some point they are so deep in the ground that they can no longer come to the surface.


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