Digging Spring-Flowering Bulbs

If you would like to transplant spring-flowering bulbs, wait until the foliage has turned yellow and begins to die. (Most tulip and daffodil varieties die back in early to mid-June.) The bulbs may be replanted immediately. If they can't be planted, the bulbs should be stored until fall. Once dug, thoroughly dry the bulbs for 2 to 3 weeks. Then place the bulbs in mesh bags and store in a cool (50 to 65 F), dry place until fall planting. Inspect the bulbs several times during the summer and discard any which show signs of decay.

If there are bare areas in your spring-flowering bulb garden, place plastic or wooden stakes in the area to indicate where bulbs should be planted this fall.

This article originally appeared in the May 25, 1994 issue, p. 77.


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