Generally, you should wait to dig out the bulbs after they bloom, when the leaves have died back completely and the bulb has gone dormant. But if you dig carefully to preserve the bulb and not disturb the tulip plant, you can dig up blooming tulips to replant in another spot.
Just so, can you transplant bulbs before they bloom?
Sure, you could wait to transplant misplaced perennials and bulbs until fall, when plants are done blooming, or early spring, when they're just getting growing. You can move many perennials—anything with fibrous roots—and just about any bulb while they're in bud or even in bloom.
Can you leave tulip bulbs in the ground all year?
Leaving Them Buried. Tulips bulbs can stay in the ground to grow as perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 8, where they are hardy. They multiply only when they are allowed to have a full leaf cycle and spend all year underground.
Do tulips come up year after year?
The tulip as duly noted in horticultural texts is a perennial flower. This means that a tulip should be expected to return and bloom year after year. But for all intents and purposes this isn't always the case. Most tulip-lovers content themselves with treating it as an annual, re-planting again each fall.