Transplanting Tulips - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by MEPURTILL
April 23, 1998
I recently received some tulips and would like to transplant them into my garden. When is the best time to transplant them?

Answer from NGA
April 23, 1998
Lifted bulbs may be reset in a new bed immediately, or they may be stored for the fall planting.

The first or second week in June is a good time to remove tulip bulbs from the soil. Carefully lift the plants and shake them free of dirt, taking care not to snap off the stems/leaves. The new bulbs need the nourishment stored in the stem. Never expose tulip bulbs to direct rays of the sun.

In an empty spot in your garden, dig a trench and lay the bulbs in it covering them with about 6 inches of soil allowing the stems to remain exposed to the sun. After a week or two when the stems have turned yellow, remove them. Spread them out to dry on a flat surface in the shade. Set them in a warm, dry place. The attic or garage is excellent. They must be kept completely dry to prevent rotting.

In the autumn, plant them!

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