Transplanting Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Washington, IA
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!!


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Answer from NGA
February 29, 2000

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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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