I have tulips that are blooming at my grandmother house. We are selling the house. Can I take the bulbs now? And how do I do this?
Hardiness Zone: 6a
Lynette from Chelsea, Michigan
The best time to harvest tulip bulbs is after the foliage dies back in the spring and the bulbs have gone dormant. However, as long as you can still identify where the bulbs are located in the ground, you can also dig them up in the summer. The main thing is to make sure you don't slice into the bulbs and damage them with your trowel while digging them out. You also to want try to disturb the roots as little as possible. As you dig them up, take note on how deeply they are planted. You'll want to return them to this depth when you're ready to replant them again in the fall.
After you dig them up, wash any excess dirt off the bulbs, and store them in a single layer in a cool, dry place with plenty of air circulation.
Most tulip bulbs only last a few years before they start to lose their productivity, so depending on how old the bulbs are now, you may want to assess whether or not transplanting them is worth it, or if replacing them with a similar variety is a better option.
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Why don't you just get a tote & put in some compost? Dig up the plants to at least 3-4 inches below their roots, put in tote, fill in as it would be in ground take with. keep watered as necessary. Fill holes you left with some kind of soil, fairly cheap at walmart (compost or?). So no one falls in a hole, and either transplant at new place or let them live out life cycle in tote and remove at proper time of year. You will have to look up on net as I have no clue.
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