Depending on the bulb size, I usually divide them into small clumps of a few bulbs each, especially if there are immature bulbs connected to the larger ones. I often do that with daffodil or tulip bulbs, and just make sure that I don't plant each small clump too close to other ones. That way they don't look so sparse the first year they come up. And it should still be several years before they get to the size that they need to be divided again.
I would separate all the bulbs, leaving them in clumps will only make them over crowded again sooner. When planting them, I would dig a hole large enough to place several bulbs in it which should be separated by at least a couple of inches. This will give the bulbs room to multiply without having to be transplanted again as soon.
As long as the foliage is dead, you just store them in a cool, dry place, then plant them where you want in the fall. Actually, it probably doesn't matter where you store them, as long as you keep them dry and away from light. Just don't put them in the refrigerator, as that is what you do to force bulbs to grow and bloom early (usually you put them in a pot with dirt, water it, and then put in the refrigerator for a few weeks). You don't want to have them start to grow right after you plant them in the fall.
I'm in process of doing the same with the daffodil bulbs that I missed when I was digging them out of a bed last year. The ones I dug up last year did just fine stored in a cardboard box in my laundry room all summer long.
I love them! I planted a bag of them about 10 years ago and they've grown in really bad, rocky soil and every year do not fail to bring me the very first glimpse of spring.
I need to transplant them now and, after 10 years, they are very much in need of it. I had to dig them today, but all the foliage was either dead or almost, so I didn't feel like waiting would have benefited them anyway. Now what??? I don't really have anywhere else to put them right now - in the late summer/early fall I will. Should I store them in the fridge 'til then? Perhaps in the basement? I did that with glads once, and it worked out.
What would you do? Or, what have you done with these before?
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