Tulips in containers....lift and reuse? How?
I planted 60 tulips in 3 long rectangular planters on my front porch. Because I am in zone 5 I had to overwinter them in my garage. I did, and watered them about once a month. In late March, when they started budding up I brought them outside and they are blooming beautifully right now. What a show!
When they are finished blooming I plan on lifting them out of the planters and planting my summer annuals. My question is, can I save these bulbs for next year? If so, how do I store them until I'm ready to replant them in the planters (and overwinter in the garage) in the Fall?
What are my chances that I'll get as nice of a show next year? Is it better to just treat them as annuals? They were about $50--- worth the 2 weeks of beauty in my mind, but I did feel awfully wasteful throwing them away last year. What are your thoughts?