We acknowledge your year-round commitment to maintaining a thriving crop of regrown tulips and florist delivery KL bulbs. We’ve included directions for both soil and hydroponic replanting, should you need to tend to your tulips again. They are an excellent option for gifting someone who loves bright and beautiful flowers.
Instructions for Replanting Tulip Bulbs
Once your bulbs have bloomed for the first time, cut off the spent flower at its stem and allow the remaining foliage to die off while keeping the glass vase filled with water. When the leaves have dried completely, you may notice little bulbs forming; these should be left alone. Leave the roots intact when you cut the foliage, and then store the bulbs somewhere dry and cool until early November. Then, using a soil/compost mixture appropriate for your climate zone, sow the seeds in your garden and give them plenty of water immediately after planting.
Refrigerating tulip bulbs for between 6 and 8 weeks is recommended for those in the South before planting. Keep them in a bag made out of paper until you’re ready to store them in the fridge, making sure to keep them far away from fruit that is ripening (the ethylene gas they release can kill the buds of flowers within the bulb). Full sun and soil that drains quickly are ideal conditions for growing tulips. It’s best to avoid areas with standing water or late-season frosts while planting bulbs.
Hydroponic Methods for Replanting Flower Bulbs
- Growing them in the soil will give you the best results, but if you insist on trying to do it again in water, these are the procedures you need to take.
- To get the best results while forcing bulbs in water, you should either let them recuperate in the soil first (see above) or pre-chill them in an empty paper bag inside the fridge for 12–15 weeks.
- When you’re ready to plant your tulip bulbs, fill an old WhiteOnWhite vase with rock or glass to within 2 inches of the top. The bulb’s body will be kept dry by the beads or rocks, but the roots will be able to drink up the water. The water level in the vase should be exactly 1 inch below the base of the bulb. After that, place the vase and bulb in a cool, dark place for four to six weeks. Every week or so, check the water and see whether any sprouts have appeared.
- Once the bulbs have begun to sprout, they can be moved back out into the open and given the same level of care as before.
We would love to see pictures of your reblooming WhiteOnWhite bulbs if you order birthday flowers. Tag us on Instagram and Facebook when you post your images! In search of further advice? You can connect with our flower experts who can guide you through the process of understanding the life cycle of the floral world.