Can Tulip Bulbs That Have Bloomed Be Stored And Planted The Following Year

Question From: P. BARRON - GEORGIA
Q: I was given some tulips for mothers day . They were in a glass vessel with only water,bulb roots and all .After about a week they bloomed beautifully. The question is what do I do with the bulbs and roots now. Can they be saved or stored to do that again next year in water ,or are they now just throw a ways. I don't have anywhere to plant anything . I am in a small apartment.

A: Thank them for the lovely show and add them to the compost pile. These bulbs have expended their energy. Best and Happy Yardening, Nancy.