Transplanting Bulbs and Rhizomes
I have daffodils growing in my pachysandra
and would like to dig them out:
- When should I dig them out?
- Can I hold the bulbs to transplant later, or do I need to transplant right
- Would the same rules hold true for tulips and iris?
Thank you, Karen
Dear Garden helper, I might be moving across the country soon and would
like to take my many bulbs with me. I have Irises, dahlias, gladiolas,
tulips, and daffodils. They would have to travel over 2,000 miles. My
question is how can I protect them throughout the trip? Where should
I keep them?
How to dig, store and replant bulbs and rhizomes
Bulbs as well as perennials should be dug and divided in early spring, or
in the fall when the plants are dormant. The nutrients that are needed
to provide the next years flowers, develop through energy the leaves absorb
after the flowers are spent. For this reason it is best
the plant alone until the foliage dies back naturally. Ideally, daffodil (Narcissus)
be replanted within three weeks. Tulips are a little more tolerant if they
are kept cool, and may be stored somewhat longer. Iris should be planted
from July through early October so that they have a chance to establish
themselves before winter. Dahlias
can be held
in a cool dry place, and planted the following spring.
Temporarily planting bulbs
There are times when you simply can't follow the rules, so it becomes necessary
to use common sense. Don't dig and divide a plant in the heat of the summer,
and then try to replant it in an area of full hot sun. It is far better
to create a temporary garden in the shade somewhere, and then move the
bulbs or plants to their permanent home when the weather has cooled in
the fall. In the case of a long move, pack the bulbs in sawdust, inside
a sturdy box, and keep them as cool as possible.
How to Plant, Grow and Care for Flowering Bulbs in Your Landscape
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