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Q.tulip and daffodil bulbs

Zone Old Greenwich, CT | cgheyworth added on June 10, 2017 | Answered

The former owner of my house in Connecticut planted bulbs in odd places and I want to move them. When is the best time to dig them up? Where and how do I store them or do I plant them now in the places where they will look much better next spring? I want the bulbs to stay as healthy as possible and have a cool basement/garage with storage space for them. Please advise me what to do and when to do it. Thank you.
Christine H.

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Answered on June 11, 2017

The best time to move them to their new location is fall. Simply dig them up and plant them directly where you want them.

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Answered on June 12, 2017

You will want to dig them up before the first frost. Remove any soil and you can place them in vermiculite or the like. I have used old panty hose and put the bulbs and vermiculite inside the legs and hung them in a cool, dry, dark place. Not pretty but it works.If the Garage/Basement isn't heated they bulbs should be very happy in a cool, dry place with little to no light. Check with you local farm bureau. I have to dig both daffodils and tulips and place them in the fridge for a few months to give them a good chill as I live in Southern California. Enjoy your garden.

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