Answer: I, too, share your impatience for getting the season going without having to wait for bulbs to finish maturing before digging and storing them. Unfortunately, the foliage needs to die down naturally to provide the utmost benefit to the bulbs. If you dig the bulbs too soon, the roots will wither and the bulbs will lose moisture before the leaves have finished transporting energy for next year's bloom. I plant my bulbs in plastic pots and bury the pots in the ground. Then, when the blooms fade, I pull up the pots and store them in an out of the way place. After the foliage has died down naturally I remove the bulbs from the pots and store them for replanting. This free's up planting space and still provides the bulbs with ample time to ripen before storage. Hope this hint will help you hurry spring in your own garden!
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