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HOW TO STORE SUMMER BULBS THE EASY WAY

 
 

Many of us love our tender summer bulbs such as dahlia, gladiola, and lilies, but let's be honest, we don't like the bother of digging, packing, and storing them indoors through the winter.

Worry no more.....

Here's the easy way:

  1. Carefully dig up your summer bulbs in the fall before the freezing weather comes.

  2. After digging up the bulbs, spread them on the ground to dry in the shade or, if it's going to rain, spread them indoors in the garage.

  3. Allow them to dry for about one week.

  4. Leave any soil on bulbs - that way you don't have to bother about storing them in vermiculite.

  5. When the bulbs are completely dry, place the bulbs in plastic garbage bags, and leave the bags open.



  6. Make absolutely sure that any soil clinging to the bulbs is dry, and check carefully for any harboring insects like pill bugs (sow bugs).

  7. Fold the tops of the bags over loosely, never tie them shut, and inspect the bulbs periodically throughout the winter. Throw any away that begin to rot.

  8. Store them in a dry, cool area, 35 to 50 degrees F (1.67 to 10 degrees C). Make sure they don't freeze.

  9. By storing bulbs in an open plastic bag, it keeps them from drying out and yet allows them to breathe.


 
 








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When to Water

If you can, it is always best to water early in the morning. This allows the plant's leaves and flowers to dry off as the day warms up.

If you water at night, the plant stays wet for hours in the cool, which are prime conditions for fungi and other problems to set in.


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