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Darwin hybrid tulips - leave for a second year?

LupinmacLupinmac Posts: 16
I h ave had a lovely display of Darwin Hybrid tulips this year. Will they come back next year? Or do I have to dig them up (once the leaves have stared to yellow) and replant at the end of the year. I would rather not do the second option, but is that setting them up to fail. 

Has as anyone had successful second/third year displays of these?

many thanks. 


  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,030
    I only have tulips in pots but I believe if you want to forget about them in the ground you want to plant them deep.

    8 inches comes to mind.
  • LupinmacLupinmac Posts: 16
    Thanks, unfortunately I did not plant them 8 inches deep. 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,189
    That may be okay, most bulbs pull themselves down to where they want to be, so I would just leave them and see what happens next year. if you've planted them quite shallowly, it's possible the squirrels will dig them up, particularly tulips. You could always cover them with a thick - 2inch layer of compost or manure later in the year.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • LupinmacLupinmac Posts: 16
    Many thanks lizzie27 for your response. Will leave them and fingers crossed. Squirrel not a big problem up here.  A few red squirrels, but if these bulbs entice them to my garden - a small price to pay 😀
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