Hydroponic tulip bulbs replant?

Asked March 20, 2017, 2:17 PM EDT

I gave my wife hydroponic tulips in a glass vase. They are done blooming. Can they be dried off and replanted? Is there a way to "salvage" these beauties? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Hennepin County Minnesota forced bulbs tulips

1 Response

Sorry, but there really isn't a good way to save them. Tulips need lots of sun after blooming to recharge, and they need a cold period of about 3 months. Even under the best of conditions, tulips planted in the ground won't rebloom as well as their first bloom. So after the bloom fades, I'd put them into the compost. If you want non-forced in-the-ground tulips, plant them in the fall.

Read here about forcing bulbs:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/houseplants/forcing-bulbs-for-indoor-beauty-in-winte...

And here about growing hardy tulips (and other bulbs):
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/flowers/spring-flowering-bulbs/