when is best time to transplant daffadils?

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I really want to thin out and tranplant some old plants from my grand parents farm. But, don't know if this the time to do it or waite for fall? I want to do this while I can still rember where they are. thanks, Cindy

-- cindy (redhen@fiberia.net), April 25, 2001


Cindy we dig and seperate when the leaves are almost all brown and dead, but still alive enough to find them. You can move them at any time of year but since the green tops after bloom feed next years bloom, if you move to early you may mess up next years bloom. Mine need seperating every two years or they get to thick to flower well. Happy digging !

-- jd-tx (inkina@cctc.net), April 25, 2001.

Cindy - I transplant when they are in full bloom because that's the time I usually think how nice a bunch would be in other sections of the yard. I've always had success with the transplants coming up and flowering the next spring.

-- Barb (rosemontfarm1@aol.com), April 25, 2001.

Cindy, Bulb plants are best to transplant when they are dormant. Fall or winter is a good time for daffadils. Sincerely, Ernest

-- http://communities.msn.com/livingoffthelandintheozarks (espresso42@hotmail.com), April 25, 2001.

I agree with all of your contributors but I am most like Cindy, I prefer to do them while they are blooming. This way you know what color they are and how they will look in a particular spot. You should wait for a cloudy day to move them so the bulbs don't get scalled by the sun, this should keep the blooms from drooping. And a lot of water added to the planting hole will surely be helpful. Good luck and may you have many blooms.

-- rosemary (rosemary.lester@ citynet.net), February 01, 2002.

I've bought some daffodil bulbs, but most I've transplanted while they're in full bloom or about to. That's the only time I can find them as they're growing wild on my neighbors farm around a delapitated old house. These daffs never miss a beat- they just keep on blooming. And I don't do anything special, either- I dig 'em up, haul 'em home and stick 'em in the ground. I usually don't even bother to water them. I do the same w/ irises. So far it's worked for me.

-- shakeytails in KY (shakeytails@yahoo.com), February 01, 2002.

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