Dormant bulbs
Sat, 26 Jun 2010 12:29:11 PDT
On 26 Jun 2010, at 10:01, Jane McGary wrote:

> I need to lift a lot of narcissus and colchicum bulbs to move them to my new
> garden. 

I divide my colchicums when they come into flower. They only have very short 
roots at that point, so root damage is minimal, and they quickly re-establish.

In your shoes, I'd lift them all and pot them in barely damp soil. If your move 
is anything like mine some 21 years ago, after you get into your new place, you 
will find so many things that need attention that your bulbs are likely to be 
neglected for a season. In pots, they at least have a chance, as long as they 
are protected from the rain and any hard freezes.

My experience leads me to believe that many bulbs are entirely hardy _if_ 
_dry_, but if wet they are much more prone to frost damage. 

Happy landings, by the way!

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island…

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