Today I did a little online research about trying to keep these bulbs I recently have been enjoying. You know, finding out what to do after they are bloomed out. I read on line some helpful tips so I thought I might share with you that it is important to keep watering the bulbs to encourage the leaves to grow even though the flowers are done. Do not put the pots out in the winter cold or dark and cold garage. I am just an amateur but want to learn more!
Because they are not so pretty any more, I have moved several to the basement near the window for light. I watered them well and set them on some old trays. I didn't know tulips formed seeds on the old blooms and I read it is important to remove the old blooms for this reason. Remove dead leaves but leave the rest. Eventually the leaves will turn brown and dry out but the bulbs can be planted in the garden in the spring after your frost date. By this time, the bulbs should have been strengthened by the leaves. I read that bulbs (like hyacinths) that just sit in water are the least likely to survive. What's your experience?
I just read in an article from the late 90's that every Victorian lady was expected to learn the art of making flowers bloom in winter! Imagine that! Do you have some tips to share? Please leave any helpful comments.