Tulip blooms are very bright and colorful. They are quite unpretentious in care. More question arises after the end of the flowering period. Should they be left in the ground? Or still dig? What to do with tulips after flowering — read our article.

June: what to do with tulips

After the tulips have faded, the flower bed may look untidy and unkempt. Many gardeners are in a hurry to dig up the bulbs, which damage them and deprive themselves of such beauty next year. You can’t do this, because it can harm the formation of new bulbs and babies. 

Events in July



After the tulip flowers have completely faded, continue to water for another 10-15 days. Don’t over-water, just keep the soil slightly moist.

top dressing

It is recommended to carry out the last top dressing with phosphorus-potassium fertilizers. 

How to increase the decorativeness of the flower bed

There are several ways to preserve the decorative effect of the flower bed after the tulips have faded.

  • Use portable containers in which you plant summer flowers in advance. 

  • Bend down not completely yellowed and withered leaves and cover them with decorative products.

  • Mulch the soil with tulips using colored bark (you can use peat). They are easy to remove before digging up the bulbs.

  • Decorate the flower bed with decorative figures that can be removed if necessary.

  • Planters with legs are ideal for decorating flower beds with faded plants. You can plant various flowers in them, including petunias, lobelias, begonias and others. In addition, when watering, the water will not spread over the flower bed — this will help protect the tulip bulbs from rotting. 

  • How not to lose your baby

    Some gardeners have been practicing growing tulips without digging them up for many years. This approach has its drawback — the bulbs go too deep into the ground, and also lose their varietal characteristics. 

    Tulip bulbs should be prepared for summer digging in the fall before planting in a flower bed. 

    Features of planting bulbs


    Planting tulip bulbs in containers with holes

    This method of planting helps to limit the growth of the baby. And when digging, not a single bulb will be lost.

    Using plastic mesh for windows

    This method is used when planting a large number of bulbs. First, the top layer of earth up to 20 cm is removed, the grid is laid and sprinkled with fertile soil. After the tulips have faded, the mesh is lifted around the corners at the same time, while maintaining all the planting material.

    When can you dig bulbs?

    Bulbs should be dug up when the entire above-ground part of the plant withers. To make sure the bulbs are ready, you can test digging in different places. 

    The scales of the bulb are covered with brown spots and the baby is fully formed — you can safely dig up the planting material. 

    Basic rules for digging tulip bulbs:

  • The ideal day for digging bulbs is sunny. In rainy weather, the bulbs can also be dug up, but they should be washed and dried immediately.

  • Be very careful while digging, because the baby can grow quite large distances from the central part. 

  • If diseased or rotten bulbs are found, dispose of them immediately.

  • Treat healthy bulbs with potassium permanganate and dry. Those bulbs that cause you doubts should be separated from the rest and treated with drugs from fungus and rot.

  • Dig up the bulbs every year to maintain the varietal characteristics of the bulbs. You can find various varieties of tulips in our catalog.

  • Storing bulbs until autumn: what you need to know

    In order for the bulbs to be well preserved for autumn planting, you should dry them well in partial shade before hiding them. 

    Storage conditions



    Use containers with holes for ventilation to prevent festering bulbs.


    The ideal humidity for preserving tulip bulbs is 70%.


    The first month the bulbs should be dried at a temperature of 23-25°C. In August, the temperature drops to 20°C, in September — to 15-17°C.

    If you notice bulbs that have rotted, do not feel sorry for them, but immediately throw them away, otherwise they can infect all planting material.

    It is possible to plant tulip bulbs in open soil (subject to all storage rules) as early as September-October. Create a real paradise of tulips on your site with high-quality seeds and bulbs from the Becker store!

    Article author: Oksana Vysochanska


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