The Q&A Archives: Storing and replanting bulbs

Question: My Husband and I bought a house in the fall, and the spring tulips have come up. We want to re-do all of the landscaping but do not want to lose the tulips. If we dig up the bulbs, is there a way to store them and re-plant them in the fall, or can we replant them now? Thanks!

Answer: You have a couple of choices here. You can dig and store them, dig and immediately replant them, or dig and plant them in containers until you know where in the garden you'd like them to be. Once the foliage is completely dry and brown it should come away with a gentle tug. That's when you can dig the bulbs (or take them out of the pot) and shake off the dirt. Allow them to air dry for a day or so (protect from dew) and when quite dry, store until the fall. They do best in a dark, room temperature place but most important, a dry place. You can put them in a single layer on a shelf in say a garage, or in a paper bag to keep them dark. Do not store them in a plastic bag. In the fall as soon as the soil temperature drops you can plant them in the ground. Or, dig your bulbs after the leaves are completely dry and replant immediately.

Best wishes with your landscape renovation!

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