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Tulips will ‘form new bulbs’ if essential May gardening tasks are carried out


As spring unfolds and gardens bloom, tulips are becoming one of the most beloved flowers gardeners are looking to cultivate. 

However, to ensure their vibrant display continues in the years to come, gardeners must follow a crucial task this month – deadheading. 

Renowned gardener Monty Don shared the importance of deadheading tulips in May to encourage the formation of new bulbs for future flowers.

Writing on his blog, Monty Don said: “If you have tulips growing in borders, deadhead them once they are past their best. 

Monty Don explained that deadheading encourages the plant to produce new flower buds by removing spent blooms and preventing the development of seeds. This ensures that the plant’s resources are directed towards bulb formation rather than seed production.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), tulips generally do not require pruning or training. 

It advises gardeners to remove withered stems and foliage once they turn straw-colored in summer. 

The Royal Horticultural Society claims that, in general, tulips “do not need pruning or training”.

“Simply remove the withered stems and foliage in summer once they have turned straw-coloured,” it recommends.

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