Bulbs forum: Bulbs in cold storage

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Name: Brian Noel
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia,C (Zone 5b)
BrianNoel
Apr 14, 2016 8:51 AM CST
Hi Folks

As I am not getting any replies to my post, I guess I must have asked the wrong question.
What I am asking is this. When I store bulbs in a refrigerator, do I have to store the bulbs in a container with "soil" or can I store the bulbs loose and then put them in a container with soil after they have been cooling for the required time.


I planned to use my unheated garage this past winter to store my potted daffodils in a cold environment.
Of course our winter here was very warm and the daffodils started to bloom in early March.
For next years crop I have purchased a small refrigerator. My question is , do I have to pot my daffodils and tulips or can I just store the bulbs in bags in the refrigerator?

Thanks Brian
BN
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jmorth
Apr 16, 2016 12:23 AM CST
To address your specifics, yes bulbs can be stored in their bag in refrigerator. However, if not in their forcing pots, the time spent therein doesn't count in the actual cold period requirements to force them. Except for hyacinths, hyacinths can be left in their paper bag in the refrigerator with the time used before potting or placing over water counting as part of their required cold period.

I always place tulips and daffodils into pots, water them, let them sit for a week (to get the roots started), then into the dark, cold period in the refrigerator.

Don't forget to put no fruit in that refrigerator due to ethylene gas produced which is harmful (terminal) to your bulbs.

Apologies for a not sooner response.
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sallysmom
Apr 16, 2016 8:39 PM CST
I put my bulbs in a brown paper bag and into the frig.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Apr 18, 2016 8:19 AM CST
For just storage the no soil is okay.
But for forcing, then they need to be in soil.
Name: Brian Noel
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia,C (Zone 5b)
BrianNoel
Apr 18, 2016 10:03 AM CST
Thank You!
BN

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