Lilies forum: Lily Storage

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Name: Shannon
Burkeville,Va (Zone 7a)
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Sep 21, 2012 8:45 AM CST
Any ideas on how to store my lily bulbs ? I have quite a few that the leaves are all brown
now and ready to be pulled up and a few that are still green & setting seed. Can I store
them like Calla Lilies ?

They will be potted up after our move and kept in a unheated greenhouse all winter. So I
just need a temp.way to store them where they dont take up alot of room.

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Sep 21, 2012 12:29 PM CST
The best way to store them is in plastic bags with slightly moistened peat. How long will it be from the time you dig, move, and then you're able to pot them?
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Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Sep 21, 2012 2:51 PM CST
And if you're only going to temporarily store them a short time, you don't have to worry about washing them. Just make sure they dry off (out of sunlight) real good before you pack them. You may need to cut the stem shorter than usual to fit in a bag, but DO NOT remove it unless it falls out by itself. Twisting or yanking it out will damage the bulb for next years stem and growth You might also want to trim the roots at the base of the bulb for a better pack--your bulbs will grow new ones next year anyway. It takes a good day or two to dry the bulbs and some may turn a little pink--which is normal and won't hurt a thing. You can buy large bales of sphagnum moss in the garden centers of big box home improvement centers for about $7.00-8.00 a bale. It crumbles easily by hand and is what I use. Sometimes, when I move large quantities of the same name (cultivar) I use sturdy cardboard boxes that I line with some thin plastic drop cloth cut to size (like painters use). and I fill it up with crumpled moss. But I do not tie the plastic shut, I just fold it over. And then store in a cool dry place. I have stored them for 3 to 4 weeks this way between digging and replanting with never a problem. In fact, your biggest challenge will be keeping cultivar identification straight.

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