The Q&A Archives: Bulb Storage

Question: After my tulips bloom and I pull up the bulbs, how should I store them over the summer because I plan to put them back in the ground in the fall?

Answer: You have a couple of choices here. You can dig and store them, or just leave them in the ground where they are. If you decide to dig and store them, shake off the excess dirt and allow them to air dry for a day or so (protect from dew) and when quite dry, store until the fall. They do best in a dark, room temperature place but most important, a dry place. You can put them in a single layer on a shelf in say a garage, or in a paper bag to keep them dark. Do not store them in a plastic bag. In the fall as soon as the soil temperature drops you can plant them in the ground. I generall just leave my bulbs in the ground rather than digging and storing them.

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