When should the tulips appear?

Asked June 21, 2016, 9:17 AM EDT

In spring I bought and planted some 2 year old tulip bulbs that were on sale. When should I expect the tulips to emerge? Will it be this summer or in the fall or next springl? Or are the bulbs so old that they may not germinate?

Charles County Maryland

1 Response

Tulips bloom in the spring, so you can expect blooms next spring.

Your tulips should have grown some long strappy leaves this spring/early summer, and these will carry on photosynthesis and feed the bulb to make it better able to produce flowers next spring. Do not kill or remove the foliage. Let it yellow and die back naturally. The bulbs will be dormant from this summer and through the winter.