Garden Tip: How To Dig up Tulips and Store them to Maximize Garden Space

By The Hollyhock Garden. Posted on May 29, 2020 in Stories + Recipes

Tulips are perennial, meaning that they can come back every year from their underground bullbs. However, tulip season runs from the end of March until mid May, so you’re going to see them at their brightest in spring. After the flowers start to wilt, we take them out and store the bulbs for next year, so we can use the garden space for other veggies.

Hollyhock gardener Dana shows us a bit more of the Hollyhock garden and explains how to store your tulips for the next season.

Video Credit: Ayton Novac

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  • Diane Orado

    Very helpful as I would have pulled the green leaves off. Do you handle iris bulbs the same?

  • Loretta Laurin

    Hi Diane – Iris tubers don’t get pulled out, they stay in the ground as do most perennials. Tulips are special 😉

  • rachelle

    Hi, can we use this same technique for bulbs that are grown in containers? I am just about the plant my tulip bulbs and want to know if I will be able to use the same container for growing my tomatoes after. Thank you.

    • Loretta Laurin

      Hi Rachelle – Yes you can, so long as your tulips will be out of there by the time you want to plant your tomatoes, or maybe there is enough room for both in the pot.

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