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How Long Do Potted Tulips Last? — The Answer

How Long Do Potted Tulips Last? — The Answer

Tulips are beautiful flowers with gorgeous blooms that are beloved all around the world. 

But, among the most breathtaking flowers to have potted, these beauties may not last as long as you’d like them to.

Read on below to find exactly how long potted tulips last, as well as tips and FAQs, to help you extend their lifespan as long as possible.

 

How Long Do Potted Tulips Last?

Potted tulips last for a minimum of several weeks and a maximum of several months. From the time of planting, potted tulips take between 8 and 16 weeks to bloom (depending on when you plant them). Once they bloom, they last approximately 15 to 30 days.

Potted tulips are lovely plants, regardless of whether you prefer them outside or inside. That said, unfortunately, they simply don’t stick around nearly as long as other potted flowers.

In the next section, we discuss several tips that may help you make the most of your potted tulips.

Hopefully, you’ll even be able to extend the amount of time they last (even if only for a few extra days). 

 

Tips for Potted Tulip Care

 

1. Restrain from Overwatering

Tulip bulbs planted in pots don’t need watering again until they actually sprout through the soil and begin to unfurl leaves. Do not water your potted tulip bulbs again (after planting) until you see the green of their leaves. 

 

2. Let There Be Light!

Potted tulips require much more sun than many potted plants do. That is why they are one of the best plants for west-facing gardens or windows.

That means you should set them on windowsills that receive as much sunlight as possible. If you have a porch, patio, or balcony, setting them outside in the direct light for a few hours a day wouldn’t hurt either.

 

3. Fertilize When You Pot Tulips

It is best to fertilize your potted tulips when you initially plant them. This is due to the fact that tulips don’t require much water until they are nearly blooming. 

So, the best way to fertilize them is by adding a flower-friendly fertilizer directly into the potting mix you use, or into the water you use to water the bulbs when planting.

 

Frequently asked questions about potted tulips

 

Can you keep potted tulips inside?

Potted tulips are generally considered easy to grow inside. They don’t need much in the way of water, just a decent source of light and a stable environment without wildly fluctuating temperatures. The gardening term for growing flowers like tulips in pots, inside, is “Forcing.”

 

How long do indoor tulips last?

For potted tulips that are blooming, 15 to 30 days is the rough amount of lifespan they have left. Tulips that have been cut and placed in vases only last about a third of that amount of time, around 7 to 10 days. If you add bloom nutrients to the water in the vase, they may stay perky for a day or two longer.

 

Will potted tulips rebloom?

Unfortunately, potted tulips will not rebloom. You will need to plant new bulbs to get new blooms. Sorry!