storing hyacinth and tulip bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Montclair, Ca
Question by lisguevara
April 25, 2010
I had my hyacinths and tulips in pots this year. I don't know where in the ground I want them next year and have decided to store them. What is the best way to store them and how do I get them ready for planting next season?

Answer from NGA
April 25, 2010


Leave your bulbs in the containers until all the foliage dries up and dies. At that time you can unpot the bulbs, pull away the foliage, brush off excess soil and store them in a cool, airy, dark place. In September place them in your refrigerator to provide a pre-chill. In mid-December plant them in the pots or in your garden. They will develop roots and then sprout new flowers and foliage for you in the spring. Enjoy!

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