Bulbs forum: what to do with naked lady bulbs I had to dig up?

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Frillylily
Nov 9, 2013 1:17 PM CST
I have about 100 or so of these large bulbs that were in a bad spot and had to be moved. I dug them up but I have no idea where I want them and winter is practically here. What is the best way to store them? Can I just leave them outside on the ground? Cover them with some mulch? Toss them under the house? Do they need water over the winter? I don't know what to do with them! Please advise me so I don't lose them all!

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CarolineScott
Nov 9, 2013 4:24 PM CST
I have no idea as to what a lady bulb is?
Does it have another name?
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ceci
Nov 9, 2013 6:19 PM CST
Could it be Amaryllis belladonna?
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Frillylily
Nov 9, 2013 7:53 PM CST
oh, sorry, should have been more descriptive. Some people call them suprise lillys and they bloom in Aug here. They are a pinkish color and put up leaves in the spring, which die off and then out of nowhere a stalk comes up and it blooms late in the summer. I would say they are 12-18 inches tall when they bloom. The bulbs are rather large, kind of the size of an onion I would say.
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soilsandup
Nov 9, 2013 9:18 PM CST
Amaryllis belladonna normally puts out leaves in November, and leaves die off in spring. Since your bulbs put up leaves in the spring, your bulbs may be a lycoris.squamigera
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eclayne
Nov 9, 2013 10:09 PM CST

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@Frillylily, do they look like this?
Evan
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Frillylily
Nov 10, 2013 9:03 AM CST
Yes! That's it! I had a whole bunch of these that were in the way of a fence line we are putting in, so I had to dig them up. Now I'm not sure where I want them and it is so late in the year now. I don't want them to ruin, but I don't know what to do with them either. What is the best way to keep them over the winter, short of actually planting them?
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eclayne
Nov 10, 2013 10:20 AM CST

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I've had mine in ground for 2 years now and as @jmorth has predicted in his comment in the DB, I've seen no bloom yet. This NC State data sheet indicates bulbs should be stored dry.
Evan
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Frillylily
Nov 10, 2013 12:09 PM CST
So does that mean I can just pile them up under my crawl space? I thought they would be out of the way there and stay cool and dry.
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purpleinopp
Nov 10, 2013 3:02 PM CST
It says 45-55 degrees for dry storage, I don't trust under my house for that kind of heat way down here (on short pillars with siding/skirting to the ground.) What about putting in the ground where you don't want them, but can move them again in the spring? When the foliage pops up, you'll know where they are. Then they can have a normal winter at least. I would put a foot or so of leaves over them, since they won't have much chance to get settled. An out-of-the-way spot in the back yard?
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ilovejesus99
Nov 10, 2013 5:16 PM CST
I would suggest what purpleinopp suggests doing. Bulbs will be ok in the garage also. It will take them some time to store up enough energy to bloom again. Probably a couple years. I also have what is suppose to be these but over 10 years they have not bloomed ever. They are getting their leaves now but I probably could bet they won't bloom again. Crying Crying
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Frillylily
Nov 11, 2013 10:08 AM CST
Well if mine don't bloom in a couple of years, OFF with their heads lol!
You are in zone 9, do you think that could be why? Maybe they need more cold than that?
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ilovejesus99
Nov 11, 2013 5:25 PM CST
That is a good question. I never thought to look at the zone. They leaf out so beautiful but don't bloom
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ilovejesus99
Nov 11, 2013 5:26 PM CST
No it says to Zone 10 a and b
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Frillylily
Nov 11, 2013 7:14 PM CST
I've never moved them before so we shall see how they do. I did notice they were planted pretty deep when we dug them. Maybe about 10 inches or so? I guess that is ok because they bloomed this summer before we dug them. I don't know what would make bulbs not bloom other than maybe not being planted the right depth? Are they accidentally being mowed off or sprayed with something? Really strange. I hope mine don't sulk!
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purpleinopp
Nov 12, 2013 1:03 PM CST
Maybe too little sun, Sandy? The blooms on L. squamigera appear at a totally different time than the foliage. Are you looking later, after the foliage is gone?
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ilovejesus99
Nov 12, 2013 11:06 PM CST
I have them in pots and look all year long. Maybe it is too little sun.
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Frillylily
Nov 13, 2013 2:20 PM CST
ok here is a theory. Mine were about 10-12 inches deep when I dug them. They put up foliage in spring when the weather is cooler. I wonder if later in the year, Aug here, when they are supposed to bloom, that the bulbs get too hot in the pot (as opposed to staying cool deeper under the soil) and it stresses them or throws them off somehow so they don't bloom? Maybe they would bloom if they were planted deeper in the ground?
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soilsandup
Nov 13, 2013 3:58 PM CST
I would not recommend planting them 10-12 inches deep. Most recommendations are for 5-6 inches, or shallower in areas of no frost.
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purpleinopp
Nov 13, 2013 4:23 PM CST
Frilly, that's about twice as deep as I planted them when given some in OH. I got some blooms the next year, but definitely not as many as the number of bulbs. Unfortunately I had to move before another year passed and didn't realize they were so unusual. I would have dug those up (again!) Maybe on yours, the flowers can't get through so much soil but the foliage can?

Sandy, 10 years in a pot? Maybe too crowded? They're for full sun in OH, but I wouldn't know about TX, that could be too hot there. I have L. radiata and L. aurea here, but no L. squamigera, so only know those from Z5. As far as I can tell, both of these are quite happy being in fully exposed spots here, though only enough L. aurea to have in 2 spots so far. L. radiata is everywhere, I found hundreds in the lawn.
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