Last Updated On: November 17th, 2020
Learn why you generally need to replant new tulip bulbs each year in your garden and care tips to encourage more flowering on this quick DIY Garden Minute podcast.
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Why Do You Have to Keep Planting New Tulips Every Year?
In this podcast, you'll learn why new Tulips need to keep being planted from year to year and what you can do about it.
What You'll Learn:
- Why Tulip flowering lessens from year to year.
- And what you can do about it!
- Resources and links for more information.
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Why You Need to Plant More Tulips Each Year
Tulip flowers are a mainstay for many gardens in the spring to have showy color right at the beginning of the season.
But, why are Tulips inconsistent in flowering from year to year and why do most Tulips need to be replaced with new bulbs for the following year?
Tulips grow baby-tulips called "offsets" or "bulblets" that take a few years to mature to the point where they can then flower.
As these offset tulips mature they are still connected to the "mother" Tulip bulb sucking nutrients from it to keep developing and growing.
As a result of this, the overall flowering that we see seems to decline over time.
If cared for properly over many years, your tulips will mature enough to then spread and multiply.
But, this can take up to 3-5 years (if best care practices are followed) for an offset or bulblet to mature enough to then flower for the first time.
And this is why most Tulips are treated as either annuals to be replaced year after year or short-lived perennials.
Given enough time and proper care, your tulips will multiply and flower more consistently.
To Stop the Replacing Need
To encourage more consistent tulip flowering from year to year and stop the need to keep replacing bulbs:
- Fertilize your tulip plants with nitrogen while they are actively growing and before they bloom (so early in the growing season once their leaves break through the soil).
- And, let each bulbs entire foliage wither before removing it after blooming is finished.
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