Leaves or foliage completely tan after beoing yellow. Am i ok to cut down the folliage?

Asked May 11, 2019, 12:51 AM EDT

My tulips went through the normal cycle and turned yellow before becoming tan. Can I cut down the rest of the leaves? Thank for your response, sincerely, Judy

Multnomah County Oregon

3 Responses

Thank you for your question, Judy. Yes: once you detect no more green, the leaves have quit photosynthesizing, and are no longer returning food to the bulb for next year’s growth. And you can compost the leaves! Good luck!

Thank you for your response and advice. The bulbs are in our garage for now. I will be placing them in a box in our toolshed. I look forward to replanting them next March or April. Judy

Here is some information on caring for tulips for optimal growth and performance: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/go-underground-bulbs-colorful-spring-bloom They need sun!