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Name: Bev
Maine (Zone 5a)
Apr 13, 2017 12:24 PM CST
Have a small patch of daffodils in a "dumb" place and want to move them before they grow (they've just popped through the ground).
Realize I should have done this in the fall, but your know how it is at that time of year.....
Can I dig them up and put them is a better place now?
Will they bloom this year?
What should I add to the soil when I move them.
central Illinois
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Apr 13, 2017 1:57 PM CST
Daffodils are tough bulbs. Though not recommended, you probably could move them. They could still bloom if they would bloom where they're presently at as the bulbs manifestation for this year is already in place.
Soil additives I wouldn't worry about at this point; to best facilitate the move (with less shock), try to move as a unit with minimal disturbance.
I've never tried to move any of mine in the spring, but have taken forced daffodils and planted them outside after the force where they'll usually bloom the next season.

@gemini_sage - may have some relevant input to your query.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Apr 13, 2017 3:49 PM CST
I'd wait untill, after they bloom and die back, and then store them.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Elaine
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Apr 13, 2017 7:18 PM CST
If they're in a clump, try to dig them up all together, with a big chunk of soil so as not to disturb them at all. Water well before digging, to make the soil stay together around the bulbs. Move the dirt and all to the new place and just plug the hunk in. If you succeed, they won't know the difference. If the dirt falls apart, just get them back into the ground as quick as possible so the roots don't dry out. Plant at the same depth they were at before.

They'll probably still bloom this spring, but next year's growth might be limited and they might skip a year. After they finish blooming might be a time to give them a light dose of fertilizer to help grow healthy leaves.

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Apr 14, 2017 1:32 PM CST
I ALWAYS move them in the spring before they bloom.
The sooner the better.
In the autumn, you can't find them, after they bloom, they just turn yellow.
Moved before they bloom.... They go ahead and bloom like nothing happened.... And the foliage stays green long enough to feed next year's bloom.
Name: Bev
Maine (Zone 5a)
Apr 15, 2017 11:14 AM CST
wow, thanks for all your good suggestions!

It's been such a cold wet "spring" here on the coast of Maine. The snow just melted in the lower garden last week.
I'm going to chance it and dig up the clumps with the wet soil attached.
My garden is an ongoing science experiment.....

Hope you all have great gardens this year!
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