Sav­ing daf­fodil bulbs from an old bas­ket

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

This bas­ket had been for­got­ten and over­run with couch grass. Even so, the daffs flow­ered valiantly this spring.

1 Tip your bas­ket or con­tainer out onto a piece of plas­tic or tar­pau­lin to make it eas­ier to sep­a­rate the bulbs.

2 Care­fully tease the bulbs out from the mass of roots and weeds, tak­ing care not to dam­age them.

3 Trim the roots and check that the bulbs are healthy. Dis­card any that are soft, rot­ten or dam­aged.

4 Store the bulbs some­where dark and cool where they can’t be at­tacked by pests or dis­eases.

Once dry, the bulbs will stay hap­pily above ground un­til they can be re­planted in au­tumn.

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