Tulip/Daffodil Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by themargounde
May 7, 2010
Your library answered my questions. Need a little clarification. Tulip/Daffodils - no need to dig up bulbs it said. We had a bad display for the tulips and the experts (HDGC), said they may have been planted too deep. Daffodils flowered fine. Question for both flowers - will it hurt the bulbs if we dig them up this fall? Or should we leave alone and hope for the best with the tulips especiall

Answer from NGA
May 7, 2010


It's possible your bulbs are planted too deeply or they may be over crowded - either will result in a poor flower display. Daffodils tend to naturalize by developing little offset bulbs. And, while yours are flowering well now, they may need to be dug and divided every 3-4 years. When their blooms are not quite as spectacular, you'll know it's time to dig and divide. You can dig and replant your tulips this fall. If you think you might forget where they are, mark them now with little sticks so you'll know where they're hiding this fall! Tulips should be planted twice as deep as the bulbs are wide so yours may need to go to varying soil depths. If won't hurt your bulbs at all to be dug and replanted. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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