The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Bulbs

Question: We recently moved from Eastern WA to Western WA and dug up a number of our favorite bulbs before we moved. We are renting and will not be planting these bulbs until we buy in November. We currently have them covered with about one inch of soil to protect them and have them stored in a dark cool(but not cold) place. Should I water them lightly, add more soil? How do we maintain these bulbs so they don't die?

Answer: If you dug the bulbs after the foliage withered and died, then the bulbs can rest all summer in a cool location. Place them in peat moss or sawdust and cover them all the way up. Don't water or you'll encourage them to rot. Plant them in containers or in the ground this fall. If the bulbs still have foliage on them plant them immediately into containers so they can go through the cycle of taking nutrition from the foliage. When the leaves die down naturally you can withhold water and allow the bulbs to rest until October or November. Then plant them as above.

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