Plants - Flower Bulbs

Quick tip: Why won't my tulips bloom?

Discover why you got the foliage without the colourful show

Q: My tulips put up leaves but far fewer flowers this year. What is the problem?

A: Many tulips do simply peter out and must be replaced. Or perhaps last year the leaves were cut back prematurely and couldn't replenish the bulb adequately. To help keep tulips going, top-dress with compost or well-rotted manure in spring and fall; remove spent flower stems but let the leaves die back naturally; and make sure the bulbs are planted at least 15 centimetres deep.

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