I am remodeling an area of my garden here in central North Carolina(zone 7b) and have dug up two Crinum, 'Ellen Bosanquet' and 'Mrs. James Hendry', which I'd like to share with friends. There are at least 5 large (4"+ diameter) bulbs of each and many offsets as they have been in a moist, well drained section against the brick wall of the house with morning sun for 6+ years. I assume the bulbs should be replanted ASAP. Should the roots be kept moist until replanted? Fertilized when replanted? Any special tips or advice on transplanting these bulbs will be appreciated.
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Yes, Crinum bulbs will do best if they are replanted right away. However, they can be stored for up to a year in a cool but not frozen, ventilated, dark area.
To transplant now, you can keep the roots moist for a few days with some damp towels or newspaper, but they will also be fine if you don't. Make sure the roots are left on the bulb and handled gently. This article will show you how to plant the bulb: