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bill21-May-02 11:59 PM EST 3a   
bill22-May-02 12:00 AM EST 3a   
bill22-May-02 12:04 AM EST   
ALNORO22-May-02 02:31 AM EST 8   
Kate22-May-02 06:13 AM EST   
bill23-May-02 12:50 AM EST 3a   
alnoro23-May-02 07:08 AM EST 8   
Dan25-May-02 11:47 PM EST   


Subject: Help with digging up tulips...
From: bill
Zone: 3a
Date: 21-May-02 11:59 PM EST

Our tulips are waning. Is it true that you can dig them up, bulbs and all, without disturbing the foliage, to let the total plants dry in an undisturbed drying place? I've clipped the flowering heads off and we really need that space for other stuff. I know that we shouldn't do the digging up of the bulbs but is it possible just the same? We may be sacrificing the bulbs but that's also a possibility. Thanks for your advices. bill


Subject: RE: Help with digging up tulips...
From: bill
Zone: 3a
Date: 22-May-02 12:00 AM EST

Sorry for a double post.


Subject: RE: Help with digging up tulips...
From: bill
Zone:
Date: 22-May-02 12:04 AM EST

Ooops....they made me do it to refresh the board. I'm blushing. Just like my echinacea seeds.Sorry folks! Maybe it's the Miracle Grow.


Subject: RE: Help with digging up tulips...
From: ALNORO (alnoro@shaw.ca)
Zone: 8
Date: 22-May-02 02:31 AM EST

Although as you say moving your tulips is not the best choice. I have through both impatience(to use thier planting spot) and necessity had to move tulips daffodils and crocus bulbs. I have found that if i dig and retain a fair amount of the accompanying soil and put the bulbs either in a back corner of the garden or in a container I just let them die down naturally not necessarily purposely drying them earlyl I then treat them as if they have never been moved and when they are finished and all the leaves have died down I then dry them and store them for the following spring. I have also moved them to where I wanted them to come up next year with fairly good success. Yes... you may loose some but It doesn't seem to be a significant loss. P.S. I think when you enter your thread it will read (edit delete) I think if you delete the extra postings you have made it will do just that. I have entered threads doubly a couple of times and that seems to have corrected the problem.


Subject: RE: Help with digging up tulips...
From: Kate
Zone:
Date: 22-May-02 06:13 AM EST

I don't know that I specifically have an answer to your question, but wanted to tell you what I do with tulips with fairly good success.

I plant my tulips in good sized plastic pots, that I bury in my front garden in the fall an inch or two under the soil. Then, when the tulips have completed blooming in the spring, I dig up the pots and place them in a corner of my back garden for them to continue to get sun and rain and allow them to dry naturally, then I store them in the garage. The next fall I replace the soil in the pots and re-bury them in my front garden.

This method has allowed me to clean up my front garden promptly for the next round of plants once the tulips are over. I have had fairly good repeat bloom... not total... but this is sometimes due to the tulips themselves. Some just don't seem to be good repeat bloomers.

This method works well if you have good soil that you don't mind digging into each fall, as the pots need to be buried down under the soil an inch or two (depending on size of pot). When I first put in my front garden, I removed all of the "builder's soil" down two feet and put in new soil that I can almost completely plant without a shovel... just my fingers in the soil. Best thing I did in my garden!


Subject: RE: Help with digging up tulips...
From: bill
Zone: 3a
Date: 23-May-02 12:50 AM EST

Thanks for the advice!While I'm moving them to another location, when is the time to separate the new corms? Now or before I replant them in the fall? And when would you suggest I plant them again in the fall? Thanks. Not a person of bulb knowledge. bill


Subject: RE: Help with digging up tulips...
From: alnoro (alnoro@shaw.ca)
Zone: 8
Date: 23-May-02 07:08 AM EST

I try not to disturb them too much when moving them. That said.. If I am going to leave them in the location I'm moving them to, then I would seperate the new corms at moving time. If I were just placing them in a spot temporarily to die down, then I would remove the corms later, when they have been dried and are ready for re-planting in the permanent spot.


Subject: RE: Help with digging up tulips...
From: Dan
Zone:
Date: 25-May-02 11:47 PM EST

I do what Kate does but with other plants too; daffodils, iris, pansies, sweet william, etc. I have a "container" garden in the backyard. The in bloom plant is placed(ugly container) into a showy pot sitting on the front porch, steps or walk. When its time has passed, it goes to the back and whatever is next on the list comes to the front. At the appropriate times, the "used" plant is cleaned up, trimmed etc and ready for next year. Cuts down on money, time and space.


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