When can I cut back my tulips?

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QI planted tulips for the first time last autumn, and got a re­ally lovely healthy dis­play this spring-time. They are about to fin­ish flow­er­ing now. When can I cut back the green­ery? Do I leave the bulbs in the ground? Do they need to be fed? M Saun­ders, Wex­ford

AGIVE a very light shake of gen­eral fer­tiliser on the soil around the plants to boost growth of next year’s flower buds in the bulbs. Wa­ter well be­fore and af­ter feed­ing to wash it in. Do not re­move any leaf un­til the tops have with­ered dry. Leave the bulbs in the ground but watch for slugs and snails in spring when the new shoots are emerg­ing.

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