For the uninitiated, let us first begin with the explanation about what dividing the tulip bulbs really means. As the word suggests, it means that you need to 'divide' or break up the whole lot of tulip bulbs and have them planted in another area. This has been known to help the tulip bulbs get healthier and as a result, have better blossoms in the next season. Different climatic conditions unfavorable soil, or improper care and handling of tulip bulbs can render the plant very weak and unable to grow properly to its full potential. Replanting the bulbs in another location helps the plant to get a renewed life and hence helps it grow better.
Most people know that dividing the tulip bulbs is a good idea, but they do not know when exactly this should be done in order to help the plant reap the maximum benefits of the process. Let this be the guide for them. When your tulip plant has blossomed for the season, you can appreciate its beauty. Now, after it has bloomed for the season and when it begins to show signs of deterioration, that's when you carry out the dividing procedure. When you notice that the plant has wilted leaves and has begun to dry out, that's when you should divide them. If you want a season, then somewhere around the middle of summer should be fine. However make sure that the plant has already bloomed for the season. Else, you may end up damaging the flowering prospects of the plant.
So, we know why and when we can divide tulip bulbs. Time to get our hands dirty and to know how exactly to go about the dividing process. Here are the very easy steps.