bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Benton Harbor, MI
Question by mlinebaugh
February 25, 2009
I received some spring bulbs late in the fall, and got them planted in the ground fine, but was wondering if it was okay to move them in the spring because I want to put them in containers. Will they still bloom in other words.


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Answer from NGA
February 25, 2009

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Moving the bulbs in the late winter or early spring has the potential for interrupting their blooming cycle, but if you dig and transplant carefully, they may take it all in stride and not even skip a beat in the flowering process. Bulbs spend weeks growing roots before they begin to sprout. If yours have not sprouted yet you'll have to dig carefully until you find the buried bulbs and can remove them plus all their roots. The more roots you destroy while digging, the smaller the foliage and flowers will be. Once you've gotten them into their containers, water them well to help settle the soil. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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