When your tulip bulbs have finished flowering, you can let the foliage ripen completely and then remove it to make your garden look more presentable. Learn some tulip trimming tricks in this free video on growing and storing plant bulbs.
I'm Val Becker with Glover Nursery in West Jordan, Utah. And today, we're going to talk about what to do with tulip bulbs after they flower. When a tulip has finished flowering, they look a little ratty. You can go in first of all, and cut out the stems. The second thing you're going to do is let the foliage ripen. The foliage is going to feed that bulb, so you don't want to cut it off too soon. If you cut the foliage down too soon, you could lose the bulbs, or over time they will dissipate and just go away. The first thing we're going to do, is after the tulips have finished flowering, is we're going to go in and cut out the stems. It's not going to make it a lot more presentable, but it will make it a little more presentable. This foliage is probably too soon to cut back. So, we're going to look for foliage of a plant that has kind of yellowed and shriveled. If you can easily pull the bulb, pull the foliage off the bulb, then you're in good shape. If you have to cut it, like this one, this one won't come off. We're probably a little too soon, and we want to wait for that foliage to go more like this, until we remove it. That way, we're feeding the bulb. Again, I'm Val Becker with Glover Nursery, and we just covered what to do with tulip bulbs after they've done flowering.