Bulbs forum: Storing bulbs for winter indoors

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Oct 24, 2014 9:32 AM CST
So I usually store my frost sensitive bulbs in my basement during winter. It's cool, but I have a dehumidifier running due to it being unfinished and we get occasional water leakage from rain. Last year my bulbs all dried out by spring and died, I kept them in a shelf in the dark. Am I supposed to put them in a sealed ziploc bag with something (ex. Dry potting soil or sawdust)? Should bag be airtight or open for ventilation?
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ge1836
Oct 25, 2014 3:17 AM CST
It depends on what type of bulb you are storing but I doubt any bulbs like a sealed containment. They have a tendency to rot from their own moisture if inclosed.
I have never had any luck with winter storage, maybe because our basement is too warm.
I had best luck with Asiatic lily bulbs in pots with potting soil , stored in my attached garage. These were in big boxes surrounded with wadded newspaper for insulation.
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Oct 25, 2014 5:09 AM CST
Also curious what kinds of bulbs you're storing, some are sensitive and others store easily. Dahlia tubers are the only ones I've had trouble with.

Do you grow your tender bulbs in pots or in the ground?
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jmorth
Oct 27, 2014 3:33 PM CST
I usually store mine dry in their pots in basement w/ avg. temp around 60°.
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Oct 27, 2014 8:23 PM CST
All tender ones are grown in pots.

Elephant ears, voodoo Lily, dahlia, amaryllis.
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gemini_sage
Oct 28, 2014 4:50 AM CST
I've stored all of those except voodoo lily dry in pots successfully. Have never grown voodoo lily, but I believe dry in the pot would be good for those too.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Oct 29, 2014 10:37 AM CST
Agreed since you had a problem with them drying too much before. If left in pots, you could give a small sip occasionally to prevent that, then repot in spring if needed.

Mine were usually in the ground for summer, when I used tender bulbs while in OH (same as Neil, all but the lily.) When digging them up to store in basement, I would leave most of the dirt that stuck to them, and sit clumps in open plastic bags (free and handles = easy to carry.) This also made it easy to give a small sip if they started looking too dry.

A shelf might not work as well as sitting on the floor, where it's colder.

Good luck for trying again!

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Oct 29, 2014 5:17 PM CST
Someone also mentioned peat moss in a brown paper Bag and one bulb per bag, and check monthly.
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purpleinopp
Oct 30, 2014 8:14 AM CST
Yes, if you ask 10 people, you should get at least 6-7 different responses. Lots of options, depending on so many variables, styles...

That bag thing sounds like a lot of extra work (and expense) to me, as an opinion. I also wonder, how would one moisten them if they do seem dry? Would you open each bag and check? Peat becomes hydrophobic when thoroughly dry, making it very difficult to moisten again, and paper bags disintegrate if they get/stay moist. Knowing my style, I would expect myself to make a huge mess with that. Might work fabulously for others!

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