can I heel in daffodil bulbs? How to label?

curlylindsayMay 3, 2013

Long story short, I ended up not being able to plant a large order of bulbs this winter, so stuck them in planters around my house and was thrilled with the result- beautiful pots bursting with daffodils in early spring!

But now I want the daffodils out so summer flowers can go in. I know daffodils need to keep their tops to store energy for next year's bloom- can I gently dig these up and then heel them in in an area of less prime real estate till fall? (I think I'll want to put them back in the planters, for next spring!) Will they tolerate that handling and bloom next year?

Also wondering how to label them in the ground. Any ideas that would work to label varieties, which ones didn't bloom this year, etc?

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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

Heeling them in will work fine, I do it all the time with stray bulbs that show up in unexpected spots. Don't know what to tell you about labeling, mine are usually mixed, if they're seperate colors I just Plant them a little bit apart and dig them just as the leaves begin to yellow, that way I get most of the bulbs.... (Most of them) That's why I have the stray bulbs in the first place!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 10:48AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Also wondering how to label them in the ground.
What are the names of some of your cultivars? Many will not bloom in zone 10, even though they did for you this first year.


    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 11:16AM
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For some reason my browser keeps auto-filling the blank for zone as "10", I'm actually in MO - 6b!
I've thought about it and I'm going to try heeling them in in small groups in onion bags (poly mesh) with a popsicle stick with the necessary info on it.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 10:16PM
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