Moving Grape Hyacinth Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Jonesborough, TN
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Question by millerml
April 11, 2001
I planted Grape Hyacinth bulbs for the first time last fall. They have come up and are blooming beautifully; however, now that I see them in bloom, I realize they would look much better planted in a mass planting rather than scattered all over my garden, as they are now. At what point is it okay for me to dig up the bulbs and replant? Can I dig them up after they bloom, put them in the refrigerator until fall, and then replant them?

Answer from NGA
April 11, 2001
You may dig and move them immediately or at any time this spring. If you take a large soil mass and replant immediately at the same depth, then water well to settle the soil, they will not know they have been moved. Keep in mind that these bulbs tend to spread and form a patch on their own, so they do not need to be planted tightly close together to form a patch within a few short years. They also send up foliage in the fall, so that might also be a consideration in where to put them.

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