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Liz HanleyLiz Hanley Posts: 5

Do you have to take up tulips once they finished flowering? I have a raised bed which I have to use for daffodils and tulips, then my perennials. I had a great display of daffodils, then tulips and now waiting for the leaves on both to turn yellow to put in my perennials. I am hoping that I can leave both my daffodils and tulips in the ground to save time next year. Is this not the case? 

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    Yes you can leave them Liz.  The daffodils will definitely come up again next year and will slowly increase in numbers.  Some of the tulips will reappear next year too but not all of them.  Generally, the more 'fancy' the tulip, the less chance of it flowering again.  If you plant them deep (about 8 inches = 20cm) the better chance of repeating.  It's best to treat 'fancy' tulips as annuals and plant new bulbs in early winter each year.  If you want colour co-ordinated displays then it's best to lift tulips otherwise you'll end up with random survivors popping up.  My whole garden is 'cottage' style so I actually see that as a bonus. 

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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