Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee

Digging and replanting bulbs in summer

June 5, 2020

Categories: Basal Rot, Daffodil Enthusiasts, Diseases and Pests, General, Growing Daffodils, Planting, Weather and Temperature

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I have a friend who just dug hundreds of Carlton in northern TN and replanted them right away. Our current temps are in the 80’s and 90’s F.  I’ve never had issues when I’ve dug and replanted within a day or two when the foliage was still actively growing, so I was wondering if the issue of replanting in warm soil leading to basal rot is only for bulbs that have been in storage for a while or also would apply to these bulbs he just dug and replanted. He was asking me about it and I said I would put his question here, so thanks for any advice/clarification.

2 Responses to Digging and replanting bulbs in summer

  1. Kathleen Simpson, West Virginia
    June 5, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    I’ve done this numerous times, with yellows and poets.  I’m in WV, where summers might be cooler, but are still pretty wet and warm.  I probably wouldn’t do it with a particularly fragile or valuable bulb, but I wouldn’t worry about Carlton.

  2. Annette Parker, Louisiana
    June 5, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    I did this to daffodils many times in Louisiana without
    noticeable problems. I agree with Kathleen that I wouldn’t do it with a
    valuable bulb. Tough older bulbs are tough! Looks like Cristabol might
    head straight over my town.