Spring Flowering Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Connie Rudd
Griffith, IN
Question by connietuptu
July 19, 2000
IT ISLATE JULY HERE IN NW IND. WHILE WEEDING AND CLEANING UP MY FLOWER BEDS TODAY I FIND BUNCHES OF SPRING BULBS (I THINK THEY ARE GRAPE HYACINTHS AND DAFFODILS) HAVE HEAVED OUT OF THE SOIL AND ARE LYING ON TOP. THEY SEEM TO HAVE MULTIPLIED GREATLY (MORE BULBS THAN I PLANTED) AND I AM NOT SURE EXACTLY HOW TO HANDLE THEM NOW. SHALL I SIMPLY COVER THEM WITH SOIL OR DIG THEM UP AND START OVER AGAIN? I NEED SPECIFIC HELP. THANK YOU. YOU PEOPLE ARE VERY HELPFUL TO A NEW, UNTRAINED GARDNER.


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Answer from NGA
July 19, 2000

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Since they are right near the surface, go ahead and replant them at the suggested depths for planting originally. Sometimes as bulbs multiply they also move upward through the soil. You may also separate them and plant one by one, or just plant the largest and give away or discard the rest. When you replant, make sure you are planting them deep enough -- shallow planting can lead to frost heaving and sometimes premature division of the bulbs so that they do not reach as large a size as they could otherwise. This means smaller flowers and more frequent digging and replanting for you.

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