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What to do with dug up daffodil bulbs


I've just made a new raised bed and in doing so I've dug up some daffodils that had just finished flowering. According to the books I have this would be the wrong time off year to divide them, so I'm wondering, can I divide them anyway and see what happens? Will that be s waste of time? Should I try putting them back in the soil with leaves still on or cut back to bulb-only state?



  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    Leave them in a corner with the leaves intact and when the greenery has totally died down you can store them until autumn to replant if you wish. Or, replant as they are if you have a prepared site for them but leave the leaves on. They need them to return the goodness to the bulb. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    I would always try and replant. It prevents them drying out if you're not careful about storage.
    You can always just put them in pots with a bit of soil over them which is also better. Label them if necessary, leave the foliage on, and give them a little liquid feed as well if you have it to help build them up.  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,732
    If you know where you want them to come up next year, and you don’t mind the lacklustre foliage for a month or two, pick the spot now and put them in. 
  • robertpallasrobertpallas CardiffPosts: 2
    Great, thanks guys. I think I'll put them under some soil in a new location :smile:
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    Just remember to label them @robertpallas ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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