Saving bulbs

marykayeee(Z5PA)September 23, 2011

I am moving late this year. I dug up many of my tulip and daffodil bulbs to take with me. However, I won't be able to get them in the ground until we are settled next year. In other words, they will be skipping a year. Would you expect them to survive?

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

No, I'm afraid I wouldn't, not if they've been kept out of the ground for 12 months, in less than ideal storage. Can you plant them in pots to take with you, plant in pots as soon as you get to the new house or just heel them in temporarily?

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 9:12AM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Have you got a friend in the place you are leaving who would let you plant them at their place - and retrieve them once they've died down again? That would give you at least nine months to settle in and put your new garden together.

Spring planting of bulbs for spring can work. Sort of. But it may take one to two years before the bulbs forgive you and start flowering again.

And flora's suggestion is definitely worth strong consideration. If you are having a new house built in your next location, can you set aside a nursery area for your plants, safe from the builders, and take your pots there? Or come to an agreement with the present owners, if you are buying an existing house?

    Bookmark   September 25, 2011 at 12:51AM
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