When Can I Plant The Bulbs Of My Yellow Tulips?

Q: Someone gave me blooming yellow tulips in a pot for Christmas. They have stopped blooming and shed the petals. When can I plant the bulbs? 

A: I don’t have much hope your gift tulips will ever bloom again. The bulbs have been forced to bloom outside their natural season. This means they have exhausted much of the resources needed to send out leaves and gather strength for next year’s flowers. I would put the tulip bulbs on your compost pile or someplace outdoors to feed the squirrels.

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