ornithogalum - Knowledgebase Question

Rosendale, Wi
Question by lindakc2
April 2, 2010
can you leave these bulbs in your garden over winter in Wi. and if not when should you dig them up and how do you store them over winter. Thanks

Answer from NGA
April 2, 2010


Ornithogalum or Star of Bethlehem are tender bulbs (damaged at temperatures under 25F) so yours will need to be dug and stored from fall through the winter months and replanted each spring. After the bulbs finish blooming the foliage will die down. When this happens, dig the bulbs and store them dry in a warm (above freezing) place until springtime. Replant when the soil warms in the spring and they will flower for you during the summer months.

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