Burlap and Bulbs: Storage

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Burlap and Bulbs

By Sharon
November 7, 2014

Most of my plants are perennials, but I have a few bulbs that are not hardy in my zone. Here's how I solved the winter storage problem.

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jmorth
Nov 6, 2014 11:56 PM CST
Seems like a sound idea. Hope it works w/o a flaw.
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Sharon
Nov 7, 2014 12:33 AM CST
I hope so too, J. More than you know.
Last year it was so cold for so long, nothing I did was right because I didn't expect all that cold. So I'm determined this is going to work. Is it right that I should sprinkle the bag with a little water occasionally?
Actually -- short of digging myself a root cellar, I really didn't know what else I should do.
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Nov 7, 2014 8:02 AM CST
Sharon, my mother grew dahlias and glads and many other bulbs here in Minnesota when I was growing up. I mean hundreds, if not thousands. All had to be dug up every fall. Half of our basement was full of them every winter. Guess what she used to store the bulbs? Yep...burlap bags. In those days you could use the bags that potatoes and such had been packaged in. I know this because I had to wash them out every spring Sticking tongue out
I think that might be why I haven't done much with bulbs in my yard...so far only those that I don't have to dig.
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Sharon
Nov 7, 2014 9:44 AM CST
Jeanie, it was the same for me. I had forgotten about the glads. And we had the same thing in our basement after the root cellar had been enlarged and its walls covered in cement blocks, the floor cemented as well. My problem here is that I don't have a basement here. Your yard is so beautiful, you don't need to even think about having bulbs.
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foraygardengirl
Nov 7, 2014 10:00 AM CST
Our basement was really just a lower level with a walkout, but she filled up all the closets with bulbs. In Minnesota a garage is not an option unless it's heated. It's always something!
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Sharon
Nov 7, 2014 10:43 AM CST
True, it's always something! Smiling
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jmorth
Nov 7, 2014 11:48 AM CST
Sharon, the Gloriosas may not even need sprinkles. Mine are left in pots never watered over winter. It might be a good idea to check once or twice over the winter.
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Sharon
Nov 7, 2014 11:57 AM CST
The first year I had them, I left them in pots and forgot about them. They were fine the next year. But this time I checked before I started digging and I swear there were so many new tubers I didn't have enough room really to put them in pots, because some were also in community pots with perennials that do survive the winter. That's probably confusing but in the end, I just dug them all out since the pots were also too big for me to bring up steps and into the house. It was only after the fact that I had the sudden thought . . . something like, now what. Thus the burlap.

I'll check them about the water too, I didn't water them at all that first year.
Thanks J.
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jmorth
Nov 7, 2014 12:01 PM CST
Your welcome
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blue23rose
Nov 7, 2014 12:15 PM CST
I'm afraid I don't have much to offer in the way of how to store bulbs, but the burlap sure sounds like it should work to keep everything clean and still allow circulation. I hope the bulbs do well for you, Sharon.

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Sharon
Nov 7, 2014 12:32 PM CST
Thanks Vickie, it's all I could think of doing.
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vic
Nov 7, 2014 3:49 PM CST
Cute bags Sharon - I bet they will work well - please let us know.

I have no idea why, but we have a whole stack of burlap bags. Why???? Who knows....
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Sharon
Nov 7, 2014 3:53 PM CST
You were saving them for those who save bulbs, you think anybody in NC saves bulbs, Vic?? Smiling
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vic
Nov 7, 2014 3:57 PM CST
Not me and we brought them from Ohio but I didn't save bulbs when I was up there either.

Your EE's are beautiful and your Gloriosas are stunning.
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Sharon
Nov 7, 2014 4:19 PM CST
Thanks to Xeranthum for the bulbs and to Jmorth for the tubers!! Smiling Otherwise I wouldn't be digging for burlap either. But now that I have it . . . .
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