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Question: I have tons of beautiful bulbs of all kinds. I would like to rearrange some of them but if I wait until fall, I can't remember where each kind is. When can I move them after they bloom in the spring? How can I help them do well in this process?

Answer: You can move the bulbs as soon as they have finished blooming, if you are careful about it. Make sure they are well watered the day before you move them. Dig them up with a nice root ball attached, then replant immediately into prepared soil at the same depth as they were planted before. Water well to settle the soil. It's best to do this on a cloudy day right before it rains. With luck they will never know they have been moved. It's important to leave the foliage attached to the bulbs at this point in their growth cycle. The leaves are manufacturing and transporting energy to the bulbs for next spring's flower display. Allow the foliage to fade naturally, then cut the dead leaves away.

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