Transplanting Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Washington, IA
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Question by tscheney4
February 29, 2000
I was wondering if you absolutely have to wait until Fall to transplant bulbs. I received some free bulbs last Fall and just more or less planted them in my flower garden to winter over. I will probably want to move them once I see what color and variety I have. I also plan to add more flowers in the same area this Spring. I would sure like to move and plant everything at once but I don't want to take the chance of doing harm to the bulbs while they are blooming. Can they be moved after they have bloomed and died back or do I have to wait until Fall again?
Thanks for your advise!!

Answer from NGA
February 29, 2000
If you make sure they are well watered ahead of time and after transplanting, and if you take a large root ball with each bulb so as to include the roots, you can transplant them now -- or even when they are in bloom. Try to do it on a cloudy day right before a rainy spell. Just be sure to work carefully and quickly and they may not even notice the switch!

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