Digging up Spring bulbs to transplant

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Help! We are moving in 2 weeks and I want to dig up my spring bulbs and take them with me. I have iris, crown imperial, and tulips. The iris haven't put on flowers yet, the tulips and the crown imperial flowers have been here and gone but the plant itself is thriving. What is the worst case scenario if I dig them up before the plant dies off or the iris get flowers??? Thanks!!
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  • Moxie Moxie on May 15, 2014
    as long as they don't shrivel up or get mushy worst is they will die out until next year : ) dig them up and replant them : )

    • Karen Karen on May 15, 2014
      @Moxie Thanks. So you think they will be OK transplanted to a pot of dirt, and then planted in the ground for the rest of the summer?

  • Nancy Magnuson Nancy Magnuson on May 16, 2014
    I dug daffodill bulbs that were growing 'wild' at the site of an old abandoned homestead just after they bloomed and set them into my gardens. they came up fine next spring. Still blooming annually 3 or 4 years later.

  • Moxie Moxie on May 16, 2014
    I do

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 16, 2014
    I have actually bought Iris at a garage sale with blooms on them and brought them home and planted them leaving the blooms on them. That was 20 years ago and I still have some of them!

  • LA - Fairhope Supply Co. LA - Fairhope Supply Co. on May 16, 2014
    Our family has transplanted bulbs from house to house for years. I have flowers in my yard that were originally in my Great-Grandmother's yard in another state over fifty years ago. Just make sure you transplant them in similar light/soil conditions. Happy moving!

    • Karen Karen on May 16, 2014
      @LA - Fairhope Supply Co. Thank you! I just received a Peony rooting that was my grandmothers!

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 16, 2014
    You may lose your iris blooms this year. That's the only real downside I see. Of course, the less time they are out of the ground, the better. And water, water, water after transplant.

  • For best transport and success with your iris you need to cut them down to about 2" above where they fan out of the rhizome. You will need to put them in a dormant state so that you have better success transporting them and so they will not dry out. As far as the other bulbs put them in pots with the dirt they came out of. Keep the iris in the shade and keep them watered even if they are not planted. You could try and move the whole iris with the blooms if the weather stays cool but they will look horrible. Remember when you transplant them to have the topsides of the rhizomes bathing in the sun and do the other bulbs the depth they were. Good luck. and Happy gardening

    • Karen Karen on May 17, 2014
      @The Garden Frog with C Renee Thank you! That helps a lot. The iris haven't bloomed yet, don't know why... so cutting them down won't be a problem. Hopefully they will go right back in the ground and be happy and blooming next year. Thanks again.