HELP - storing daffodil & grape hyacinth bulbs

david883(5/6)July 28, 2012

I dug up some daffodil and grape hyacinth bulbs a little while back (after all foliage was gone and everything.) I dried them out a little, cleaned them off and put them in some mesh type bags. I put the bags into plastic containers and down in my basement (very cool and dry). I checked on them just now and most of them have begun sprouting roots!!!! AHHHH! Obviously I'm doing something very very wrong here... HELP PLEASE!

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Are you certain that both the daffs and grape hyacinths are sprouting?

I wonder if they broke dormancy and started to grow because it was so cool in the basement, just as they would be planted in cool soil in the fall.

I've never heard of this happening, but then maybe I've not heard of anyone storing them in such cool temps.

I'd suggest that you bring them out of the coolness, and store them in higher temps...like household temps, or on a covered patio or porch, out of the sun and rain.

Sue

Maybe someone else will have other ideas.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 11:43AM
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david883(5/6)

Yes - both have started rooting. The hyacinths much more than the daffodils. I'm thinking my problem was either it was too cool or they shouldn't be in the plastic containers (like big Tupperware boxes). I'll try what you said, Sue, about moving them to somewhere a little warmer.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 12:34PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Actually they would be better off in shallow layers in shallow cardboard boxes...think 'flats', like canned good come in.

Then the flats should not be stacked. Or just hang the mesh bags. Beware, some mesh looking bags are actually plastic bags, cut to look like actual mesh bags. Don't use them if they appear to be plastic.

I use some plastic bins, but they have a grid on the bottom and all 4 sides and have no tops on them. They are in shallow layers in the bins and I turn (stir them up, or flip the bags) every so often. They are on my carport where they get good air and are kept dry.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 12:51PM
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david883(5/6)

I think I might just hang the bags then or put them in a few spare cardboard flats I have from nurseries earlier in the season. I'll keep them either in an spare closet inside or maybe the garage... we'll see.

THanks again for all your help and advise!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 12:54PM
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denninmi(8a)

Yes, they definitely shouldn't be in sealed plastic containers, it traps moisture, which is the reason they started growing roots. Grape hyacinth, it's probably natural for them anyway to grow now, since they grow fall foliage that starts to sprout in late August as long as the weather is moist enough.

Why not just plant them now?

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 3:37PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Why not just plant them now?
I don't think planting them in such warm soil would be a good idea since the roots have sprouted. I'd be afraid they would rot, and that it would be safer to wait until proper planting time to plant them.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 3:47PM
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david883(5/6)

Thanks, everyone. I dug them up to save them until fall planting. I'm going to take them out of the plastic containers. Should I clip the roots off or....? Have I forced some early growing now?

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 8:30PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Should I clip the roots off or....?
I would just let them wither away.

Have I forced some early growing now?
It's hard to tell, but I doubt if next spring's bloom has been compromised.

Sue

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 8:54PM
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Carrie B(6B/7A)

I need to disagree here & say that I think the absolutely best course of action would be to get them in the grounds, outside, ASAP.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 1:54PM
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goren

One ideal spot would be your refrigerator's crisper...but since you undoubtedly use that for food, that idea doesn't hold water.
Putting them, as suggested, on a shallow tray, on a shelf in the basement where its coolest and driest. Don't be tempted to water them; just let them be, cool, dry and without light.

Next time you want to bag up a bulb, use paper and leave the top open. Paper breathes---plastic doesn't.

A dusting with a fungicide will keep mildew and mold away from them until you decide to plant them in the cool fall.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 7:25PM
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