Tulip Bulbs do Split

cynthianovakApril 23, 2006

Hi All

Some time ago a very knowledgeable forum member stated that the big hybrid bulbs we buy and plant and yes really enjoy, are about to divide.

This year, I was determined to allow some tulips to brown, then left the bulbs, store them and finally chill them to plant again next fall.

The wise person was right! I don't think I've found a handful that did not split. Many have spilt into as many as 4 small bulbs from the one BIG bulb planted.

I no longer feel guilty about tulips as annuals.

thanks to this forum, I knew what I was looking at.

smiles of appreciation


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The problem with splits is they will not bloom if chilled and planted again next year. Some varieties do not tend to produce splits and will instead put all the energy into making the bulb larger and insuring a bloom next year. I save those and discard the splits. Al

    Bookmark   April 23, 2006 at 9:57AM
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ljrmiller(z7 NV)

It all depends on where you live, and the climate where you live. My tulip bulbs split, yes. But I can plant out even the tiniest little bulblets and even though the littlest ones won't bloom the following year, they will do so eventually. Certain tulip species in my garden border on behaving like weeds, because they multiply so frequently, and require thinning equally frequently. They also insist on blooming, which keeps them from completely falling into the "weed" category.

Those tulips which divide, bloom and multiply with a vengeance for me are:

General de Wet (Single Early)
Little Princess (species hybrid)
Tulipa vvedenskyi


    Bookmark   April 23, 2006 at 11:40AM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Yes, they split. More flowers next year! Or none at all :(

In my garden, tulips are forever popping up in odd places from tiny bulbs that went unnoticed for a couple of years or got moved in soil or compost.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2006 at 5:21PM
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