Must move daffs...when?

jessewo(5 PA)September 10, 2012

I just found out that I have to relocate my vacation place where I have planted quite a few daffodils (among other plants!) I have until April 1 to finish everything, but I thought it might be better to do it now or later in fall when I would plant new daff bulbs so that they would have time to settle in. I don't have them marked, but I know where most are & will probably be digging up most of the bed anyway! Does anyone have any advice? Dig now? Wait a while? And should I expect them to bloom next spring? I feel like this would be little different than dividing them, but I'm shocked at having to find somewhere to move "buildings" to & could use some reassurance with regard to the plants!

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

If they're inground, and you've had rain, they may well have started into root production already.

So long as their new location is ready, and you can move them with a rootball, or at least keep their new roots cool/damp while transplanting them, I'd do it now so they settle. New bulbs can wait as they are probably still dormant.

Sympathy for your upheaval and I hope the hard work is well rewarded next growing season.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 3:51AM
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karin_mt(4 MT)

Do it now, definitely. And yes, they should bloom next spring because they have already stored everything they need to bloom next year. But don't wait because then they will start their fall root growth.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 10:10PM
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This is September...the weather has still many warm days left and, if you notice, the bulbs are not in the stores yet.
WHY? Because its too early, the soil temperature is still much too high to plant daffs, tulips et al.

Wait.....until the soil temperature is lower; when bulbs are in the stores and the time is right to plant them.

To remind you....go to that calendar hanging on your refrigerator and mark across the OCTOBER pages...


This will keep the job in your mind that it has to be done.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 9:44PM
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