Posted: 26/04/2014 at 12:49
Hi Helga, yes you can snip the flower stems off. What sort of tulips are they? Most of the 'fancy' types do not usually come back well in the second year and many gardeners treat them as annuals, digging them up after flowering so they can plant summer bedding plants etc. I leave them in but have lots of hardy perennials in my beds which are now starting to grow and will cover the dying tulip foliage. If you do leave them in, it's important to remove the leaves once those die as they carry a virus called 'tulip fire' which will otherwise very likely affect the tulips badly next year.