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Planting Bulbs #744401

Asked April 14, 2021, 8:21 PM EDT

I received three plants from the grocery store florist. The pot of tulips dropped all its petals. The Calandiva and Hyacinth still look nice. Can I plant these bulbs outside to enjoy next spring?What month would I plant them and how deep? I am not sure if all of them come from bulbs. Thanks. Sally

Chisago County Minnesota

Expert Response

Thank you for writing. 
You certainly can plant them outside, usually in mid to late October. https://www.bulbblog.com/flowering-bulbs-in-pots-after-blooming/
Note Minnesota is zone 3-5, but you can find your exact zone here (save this) https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/planting-zones/minnesota-planting-zones.htm

Now here is the sad news: Tulips may not keep blooming year after year. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/tulips/tulips-bloom-every-year.htm  The good news is that you can use your potted plants to start beds. Start slow, twenty bulbs and soon you might go crazy and put in a couple of hundred bulbs in the fall  

Best of luck

Steve Miles Replied April 14, 2021, 10:34 PM EDT

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