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Q.Redoing Garden, Must Move Tulips. It Is End Of Feb. How Can I Do This Safely?

Zone 12580 | Anonymous added on February 21, 2021 | Answered

I am in Hudson Valley NY and we have had a mild Winter. This weekend is when I must dig them up and it will be in the 40s. Can I do anything special so they 1) survive, and 2) maybe even still bloom? THANKS

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Answered on February 22, 2021

Digging them up this close to bloom time will probably cause you to lose the blooms this year. I would get them replanted as soon as you can. It is always best to transplant in the summer or fall after the foliage has died back but sometimes we don't have a choice. If the stems/buds are already up, you can cut those off at the base and put them in a vase of water for bloom. If you can dig them up without disturbing the roots too much, they may bloom late. It just depends on how quickly they can re-establish. Good luck!


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