The Q&A Archives: Rearranging & Caring For Bulbs

Question: I would like to rearrange my garden & move bulbs after the foliage/blooms have fallen off. I have been told that I can wrap bulbs in newspaper & keep in a cool, dry, dark place for the summer for fall planting. Is this correct or how should I do this? Thank You! (tulips, hyacynths, daffodils)

Answer: If you decide to dig the bulbs, wait until the foliage has matured and feded before you do so. Then allow the bulbs to dry for several days before putting them into storage. They should be stored in single layers on racks or screens or paper bags at room temperature, usually a dark attached garage is fine if your house is airconditioned, in a location with good air circulation. Check them periodically for rot.

Alternatively, you could move them now if you are careful to take the roots that are below the bulb in a good sized root ball. Water them well the day before you dig them, then replant immediately and water them in to settle the soil. With luck, they will never know they have been moved.

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