Digging up bulbs for winter storage

gpborger(5)August 2, 2007

I have bulbs that need to be dug up before winter. What is the best time to dig them up and do they need to be in a very dry area (my basement is very damp)and what should I store them in, open airy container or closed container?

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gardengal48

What kind of bulbs? Different bulbs will have different harvest times and different recommendations for storage. In general, most tender bulbs prefer a cool, dark, dry environment and storage in a barely moist medium to prevent dessication. Slightly dampened peat moss or sawdust is often recommended, but I prefer wrapping cleaned, damp bulbs in newspaper. Just make sure they are not touching each other.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 9:46AM
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gpborger(5)

The bulbs are Mexican Shell Flower (Trigridia Pavonia), Gladiola, and Acidanthera.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 10:08AM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Try the Bulb Forum.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2007 at 6:08AM
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gardengal48

This should be helpful:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG1117.html

I'd use peat or sawdust for these smaller, corm-like bulbs. If you want to separate by color, use paperbags and label. Paperbags are porous enough to allow for proper air circulation but make sure they are stored in in a dry location, as they can also absorb moisture, as can the peat or sawdust. Moisture with these types of bulbs can promote rot.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2007 at 8:23AM
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karinl(BC Z8)

What made you post this question on the landscape design forum?

KarinL

    Bookmark   August 4, 2007 at 3:09PM
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