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Spring Bulbs

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Question: 288-5201
Can I plant flowers on top of my spring bulbs? What do I do with the bulbs? Carla, Groton, CT

Mort's Answer:
Let the spring bulbs die back. Because tulips are susceptible to failed blooming the second year, I dig them up and store them in new sawdust. Cut off the tops of the bulbs and the roots of the tulips. You can cultivate with a clam rake over the remaining bulbs and plant annuals such as marigolds petunias and the like. It is not a good idea to plant perennials over them especially plants like mums which expand their roots each year. You might consider planting mums nearby to increase your time span of blooms from mid winter with crocus and snowdrops to late winter with daffodils, hyacinths and tulips to spring with annuals and finally through fall with mums. In the fall you can replant the stored tulip bulbs.

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