Planting Freshly Dug Tulips

michelleluvsirises(5- IA)May 13, 2009

I will be digging a few hundred tulip bulbs next week and would like to know if once I dig them, can I just plant them right away or is it best to store them until the leaves and stems dry up then plant them in the fall? Every year, the town I live in gives all of its tulips away to residents following our Tulip Festival BUT they must be removed before they have the chance to die back naturally. Typically, I dry all bulbs, stems and leaves over the summer and then plant in the fall but this year, I would like to cheat by diggin & replanting them the same day - allowing them to die back in the ground as intended. Does anyone know if this would work? Is it better to follow my regular procedure?

Michelle

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I would like to cheat by diggin & replanting them the same day - allowing them to die back in the ground as intended. Does anyone know if this would work? Is it better to follow my regular procedure?
I would think that following your regular procedure would be best, if that has worked in the past. Maybe you could try a few the new way, and do the majority the old way.

The problem with resetting them right away, is that they have not gone dormant naturally, and could rot if they got too wet, or bake if too wet and hot. That is why it is always advised to not plant the daffs and other fall planted bulbs until the soil has cooled a good bit.

Sue...chemocurl

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