Spring - Once the foliage dies back or matures in the late spring or early summer, the bulb is dormant. Some bulbs benefit from digging to divide the bulbs and spread them out over the bed. If you lift your spring-flowering bulbs, they should be stored in a well ventilated place and replanted in the fall.
Can you transplant tulips in the spring?
Transplant tulip bulbs as soon as frost danger has passed in spring. You can also transplant six weeks before the first fall frost, but you have to store the bulbs in a cool, dry place for the summer. Once transplanted, tulips require minimal care because the bulbs are dormant.
While you do not need to dig and divide your tulips every year; they should be dug up at least 3-4 years if planted in the ground. If you are not digging them up yearly, make sure they are not in an area of the yard where they will be watered all summer. Too much water over the summer will rot/kill your bulbs.
How Long Can You Keep Flower Bulbs? Most bulbs, if stored correctly, can be kept for about 12 months before needing to be planted. The longevity of flowering bulbs is largely determined by the adequacy of the storage provided.
After the bulb flowers have faded, deadhead the plants by removing faded blooms so that they won't waste energy producing seeds. Bulbs that you are naturalizing don't need this treatment – keep the flower heads on to encourage self-seeding. Once bulb leaves yellow and wither, which takes about six weeks – cut them off.
Once all of the tulip bulbs have been lifted, you can replant them where you would like. Wherever you decide to plant your divided tulip bulbs, there are a few things you will need to do to get your tulips to grow as best they can. First, make sure that you plant your tulip bulbs at least 8 inches deep.
Layer the bulbs in the storage medium – don't let them touch each other. Put the containers in a cool, dry place around 50° F. A dry, unheated basement, garage, or crawl space is a great spot as long as temperatures stay above freezing. Check on your bulbs several times throughout the winter.
Most don't last more than a year out of the ground, and then only if they're stored properly, although this can vary by species. In general, flower bulbs rot if you don't get them in the ground soon enough.
Lilies need to be divided if they show an abundance of short and spindly stems. Separate lilies in the fall, 3 to 4 weeks after flowering is completed. You can harm the bulbs and roots if you separate lilies prior to flowering. Use a garden fork to dig under and around lily clumps.
To prevent rot, do not allow the bulbs to touch. Provide loose cover with your chosen packing medium. Label the outside of each box with the color and name of the plant. Store in a cool (but not freezing), dry place, until the last winter frost, then replant according to climate and bulb requirements.
Spanish irises bloom about two weeks later than Dutch irises. All types of bulb irises go dormant in the late summer and can be safely lifted and separated during this time. However, you should not replant them until fall, so to store bulbs for later planting, keep them in a cool, dry place until planting time.
Deadhead your tulips after they flower.
- Take shears and cut off the flower head from the stem once it's fully spent.
- Leave most of the stem in place for about six weeks or until the foliage starts to yellow.
- Shear off the leaves at ground level and dispose of the spent plant matter once the six weeks is up.
While waiting until daffodils and tulips yellow before transplanting is best, it may be possible to move them before blooming if necessary. The plants can be dug up if they are replanted immediately and are not damaged.
Depth. The general rule of thumb for planting spring bulbs is to plant two to three times as deep as the bulbs is tall. This means most large bulbs like tulips or daffodils will be planted about 6 inches deep while smaller bulbs will be planted 3-4 inches deep.
Method 3 Transplanting Narcissus From a Pot to the Ground
- Move narcissus outdoors in the summer.
- Find a sunny patch in the garden with good drainage.
- Add some organic material to the soil.
- To plant each bulb, dig a hole three times as deep as the bulb is wide.
- Fill the hole with soil and water well.
Leaving Them Buried. Tulips bulbs can stay in the ground to grow as perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 8, where they are hardy. They multiply only when they are allowed to have a full leaf cycle and spend all year underground.
When the soil has dried out, carefully dig up the bulb and remove the dead foliage. Curing hyacinths is very easy. Lay the bulbs out on a newspaper in a cool, dark place for three days. After that, store them in a cool, dark location in a mesh bag.
Plant bulbs deep—at least 8 inches, measuring from the base of the bulb. And that means digging even deeper, to loosen the soil and allow for drainage, or creating raised beds. Remember, the bigger the bulb, the deeper the hole it needs. Set the bulb in the hole with the pointy end up.
Daffodils bloom during early spring. They can be dug after flowering if you wait until foliage has died down. Daffodils are usually replanted in fall, so you should store bulbs dug immediately after leaves die down or wait to dig until fall.
Transplant tulip bulbs as soon as frost danger has passed in spring. You can also transplant six weeks before the first fall frost, but you have to store the bulbs in a cool, dry place for the summer.
To divide your iris, start by lifting the clump of iris plants out of the ground with a spade or fork. If possible, lift the whole mass out whole, but if you are unable to do this, carefully break the clump into smaller parts and lift these out. Next, brush of as much dirt as possible from the iris rhizomes.