Bulbs forum: Daffs - transplanting question

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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Sep 21, 2012 11:45 AM CST
While reworking an old garden bed, I dug up several daff bulbs and want to transplant them into another garden bed.
What practice do you follow when transplanting?
I've got them lying in a tray on my porch (out of the sun) while I figure out the best spot to replant them.

Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Sep 22, 2012 4:19 AM CST
Plant them the same as you would plant new bulbs.
I put bonemeal in the hole where I plant bulbs.
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Name: Julia
Upstate NY (Zone 6a)
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JuliaNY
Sep 22, 2012 1:35 PM CST
Thanks Caroline. I was a bit hesitant to put bone meal in the hole because of critters digging up the holes. Have you not had an issue with that happening?

Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Sep 22, 2012 8:27 PM CST
I also put cayenne or chili powder in the hole.
The smell is supposed to stop rodents from foraging among the bulbs.
The rodents tend to like tulip bulbs,but they do dig the daffodils and scatter them.
Tamp the soil and water it, also discourages the rodent raiders.
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Sep 25, 2012 2:53 AM CST
Caroline, do you ever use bone meal for other plants and how do you apply it? How much bone meal do you usually add to the bulb hole location? Do you mix it in with soil or sprinkle in bottom of hole before you set the bulbs down? What other plants do you use bone meal around? Julia, I did the same thing yesterday and have got to plant them over again, give them away or discard them. I have been planting a lot of dayliliies and I probably should have used bone meal in those holes too late now!..Hope I planted them all correctly! I have 2 more pots to plant and I'll be finished(I hope!)
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Sep 25, 2012 6:36 AM CST
I just sprinkle about a quarter a cup in each hole.
I don't always use it for perennials,but as it is a slow source of phosphate ----it probably wouldn't hurt to use it.
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purpleinopp
Oct 1, 2012 9:10 AM CST
I don't think squirrels are at all interested in daffs, hence their enormous popularity, but the newly disturbed soil may appeal to them for digging. If you stick a few plastic forks in with them, with the tines sticking up, squirrels won't dig them up. When the ground them is firm again, you can pull the forks out.
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Name: Julia
Upstate NY (Zone 6a)
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JuliaNY
Oct 1, 2012 2:10 PM CST
purpleinopp said:I don't think squirrels are at all interested in daffs, hence their enormous popularity, but the newly disturbed soil may appeal to them for digging. If you stick a few plastic forks in with them, with the tines sticking up, squirrels won't dig them up. When the ground them is firm again, you can pull the forks out.


Now that is an interesting method. I will try it. I couldn't replant anything yet so hopefully these bulbs are not a loss.

Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Oct 1, 2012 3:33 PM CST
Yes, one year I used wood skewers to keep the squirrels from the tulip bulbs.

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