Spring-Flowering Bulbs – How to Move Them

Q: I am moving to Charlotte, NC this summer and want to move my spring-flowering bulbs with me. What’s the most efficient way?

A: Buy a box of white plastic knives and a permanent marker. While the foliage is present, make a knife label for each clump, noting the color and species of bulb. Push the knife into the soil by each one. In this way you can find the bulbs after the foliage disappears in June. At that time, dig a clump, separate the bulbs and replant what you don’t want to transport. Store the bulbs in paper bags, with their knife labels, in a cool spot until you take off for the mountains.

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