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How to overwinter bulbs for new garden?

Posted by linnea56 z5 IL (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 26, 08 at 23:48

I ran out of time to get a new bed ready (digging out wild daylilies). I want to move various asiatics into it. I need to move these bulbs out of my main garden because I have new ones in better colors to go in their place.

Tell me which would be the better solution: plant them temporarily in my vegetable garden and dig them up and replant in the new garden next spring as soon as it is ready. Or, plant each in a small pot (4-5 inch?) and then sink that in the veg. garden, that way making it easier to pull them up next spring without disturbing the roots; then carefully cutting off the pot and planting without removing the dirt surrounding the bulb. Im thinking that that way I wont be sacrificing bloom.

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RE: How to overwinter bulbs for new garden?

planting them in pots is a great idea, use little bigger pots (6") and you can keep them in the pot until fall. I was amending the soil in one of my gardens this fall and discovered I had put a lily in a pot several years ago and it was still producing beautiful flowers and had made many baby bulbs. It makes it easy to figure out who made the babies in a garden with many lilies.

RE: How to overwinter bulbs for new garden?

Is disturbing the roots an issue when I move them in the spring? Or am I really worrying about nothing? It would be considerably more trouble to pot them and then bury the pots if it wont make a real difference. .

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