Storing New Bulbs Prior to Planting

flower_addict88(7A NC)October 3, 2009

I bought some tulip bulbs locally a week or two ago. How should I be storing them until planting time in November?

I had them in my cabinets. I just checked on them and there was a orange/brown thick, sticky like ooze coming from some of them. Two were rotted and I threw those out.

I gently wiped down some of the others. All the other bulbs are firm and dont have any funny smells. They look like healthy bulbs.

How should I be storing them though?

What about storing Daffodil, Hyacinth (Oriental and Grape), and Crocus bulbs?



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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

If you just bought the tulips that recently, I would definitely return them to the store for a refund. They should not be oozing yuck this soon regardless of where you store them! I'd have a hard time trusting the integrity of the others.

Assuming you get good tulip bulbs, it's best to put them in the coolest part of your fridge (NOT with fruit) for 8 to 10 weeks. Put them in and mark your calendar. Plant them then. Tulips need more winter chill than you can reliably give them.

As for the others, store them in a cool, dark, airy place: cellar, under a bed in an air conditioned room, etc .

    Bookmark   October 3, 2009 at 3:33PM
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flower_addict88(7A NC)

I bought the 4 bags of tulips from Wal Mart (all my others I bought from mail-order).

The selection at Wal Mart is already over half gone. The varities I bought were the most popular, and arent there anymore.

I dont have a basement or a cellar. I havent been really running my central air as it has been cool enough where I live to keep the windows open. It has been in the low 70's to mid/upper 60's during the day.

I guess I will keep them in my fridge until I plant them in November.


    Bookmark   October 3, 2009 at 4:04PM
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flower_addict88(7A NC)

I put the bulbs in an interior closet, where it stays dark and cool.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2009 at 10:43PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

In another thread, it's stated that tulip bulbs do not need refrigerator chilling in your zone. The fridge is a good place to store them, but you don't need to keep them there for as long. It won't be long before you can plant them. Good luck!

    Bookmark   October 5, 2009 at 9:02AM
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flower_addict88(7A NC)

Yes, I recieved an e-mail back from my county co-op garden representative who said tulip bulbs do not need to be chilled where I live.

The tulips are in my fridge now for storage until planting time in November.

My tulips filled up both of my crisper drawers so the crocus, hyacinths, muscari, and daffodils had to go to the closet.


    Bookmark   October 5, 2009 at 1:07PM
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