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Can I move crocuses?

ErgatesErgates Posts: 2,598
I’ve had some success with moving snowdrops ‘in the green’, and am wondering if I can do similar with some crocuses. There are quite a lot coming up in the grass, but they are too far from the house to really appreciate. I doubt I’ll be able to find the bulbs again when they’ve died down, so I was wondering if it would be feasible to dig them up now and replant immediately in an area next to the path. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,875
    edited February 2021
    I really don’t see why not. I’d wait until the foliage is just beginning to die off ... keep an eye on them because the foliage can be lush one day and next time you look it’s gone. 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ErgatesErgates Posts: 2,598
    Great, thanks, Dove. They are quite insignificant where they are, but I think would look pretty amongst the transplanted snowdrops by the path. I suppose one advantage of this wet weather will be that they should be easier to extract!
  • ErgatesErgates Posts: 2,598
    Well, I moved a few crocuses. However when I went back a couple of days later, they had disappeared, and so had the rest of the ones I was going to transplant. I suspect the bunnies have eaten them, that is the area they tend to hang out in. They haven’t touched the snowdrops or the miniature daffodils, so I’ll concentrate on those instead.
  • Mice love crocuses. They dig them up and eat the bulbs.
    I have 20 or so to recover from the adjacent field where they have self seated .. 

    So if mice are successful in transplanting corcusses, I should be as well.
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,249
    The Galanthus and Narcissus were not eaten as they are poisonous to all mammals.
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