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What do I do with this tulip now it's finished flowering?

ren.bren.b Posts: 164
This was my first go with tulips in a pot -

They now look like this and am wondering what to do with them - do I cut off the stalks or just leave it?

Many thanks to those who reply <3


  • BiljeBilje Posts: 770
    I cut the flowering stems off down to the leaf although you could just nip off the developing seed head. I leave mine in the pots feeding a couple of times with standard tomato fertiliser. Leave the leaves until they die down naturally. You can then leave the pot in a sheltered area, ie not too wet especially over winter and they’ll grow again next spring. Flowers aren’t always as good though. 
    I wait for the leaves to die down then empty the pots, I save any good sized bulbs and scrap small ones. The bulbs are popped into paper bags or newspaper and stored on a shelf in a cool place until November,
    you can of course empty the pots now and plant the bulbs in a border following the same advice above. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Deadhead and remove most of the stalk too, and feed as described. 
    Many of them don't do so well the following year, so it can be hit and miss. It's why many people treat them as annuals.
    Getting the right conditions for them can be difficult. I usually stick them in a border and see if any come back. If they do - it's a bonus.  :)

    The species ones are much easier and will naturalise, so I have more of those. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,064
    If you want to keep them, its better to feed the bulbs with an organic general purpose fertiliser like blood fish and bone rather than Tomato fertiliser - the feed needs the right proportion of essential nutrients (NPK) to encourage bulb development at this stage, not flowering.
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.

  • ren.bren.b Posts: 164
    Thank you everyone - God I LOVE this forum :D

    They don't last long do they?  I got them dirt cheap from B&M or somewhere so won't be a huge loss if I manage to destroy it before next year - Fairygirl - what do you mean by the 'species' one's?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Botanical tulips @ren.b. They're different from the 'usual' ones - many are small, and there's amore limited range of colours. 
    If you take a look at a site like Peter Nyssen, you'll see the different categories.  :)
    You may need to take out a loan or re mortgage your house if you get carried away with the amount of types.  Just as well they're not available until autumn!  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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