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Name: Jody Harris
Eugene, Oregon (Zone 8b)
jeepster39
May 2, 2017 4:32 PM CST
Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum and need help. We are completely redesigning our landscape and we have SOOO many bulbs that I've had to dig up. Mostly tulips and blue hyacinth. These bulbs have bloomed already, but they haven't died back yet and their foliage is still strong and green. Can I dry and store them for the Fall or should I replant them immediately in another location? It would be so sad to see all these beauties go to waste.
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greene
May 2, 2017 5:20 PM CST
If you could have left the bulbs in place the foliage would give strength to the bulbs and then would naturally die back. It is my understanding that if you relocate bulbs too early you may be sacrificing one year of blooms but the next year the bulb should have gathered strength and will put on a good show. I'm sure that others will come along with better answers.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 2, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Welcome!

Once they are dug up, I don't think you can replant them and expect them to remain green. The problem is that the green leaves (after blooming) replenish the bulbs so they can go dormant next winter and come back next spring. At this point, all you can do is try and see how they do. Crossing Fingers!
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dyzzypyxxy
May 2, 2017 5:34 PM CST
I think you should shallowly plant them temporarily in a shady spot, and leave them until the foliage all dies back. This will at least allow the leaves to replenish the bulbs somewhat. It's known as "heeling them in" and you can sort of plant them all in one bed, make sure the roots are covered, and then when the foliage is all dead, pull them out and store them dry until next fall.

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