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Name: Di
Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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rosebuddy2
Oct 22, 2021 10:22 AM CST
Brought in my rain lily bulbs (Zephyranthes grandiflora) to dry out in the garage a few days ago to get ready to overwinter them. I have a bag of red rice in the pantry which I didn't like and will never use. I've heard you can use rice to keep moisture out of salt, plus other things. Has anyone ever used rice to store their bulbs in? I really really hate to throw food away and would appreciate any thoughts. Don't want to lose my bulbs.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 22, 2021 11:40 AM CST
I have bad news for you. Rice doesn't actually keep salt dry and in fact, it gets wet and weird. I think rice doesn't work in salt because salt attracts moisture. My husband puts rice in the white pepper shaker to keep the pepper from clumping and packing down and that does work. But pepper doesn't attract moisture. So maybe it would work for your bulbs as long as they were good and dry to begin with. The danger is if the rice gets damp, you will have instant mold. Instant Zephyranthes koji doesn't sound good.
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Name: Di
Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: Canadian Dog Lover Birds
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rosebuddy2
Oct 22, 2021 3:27 PM CST
Thanks Daisy for the reply! Thought I had a eureka moment with how to store them. Guess I'll go and collect some gravel from the road like I did last year. Just really rainy here and the gravel is so wet. Recipes for long grain red rice anyone?
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sallyg
Oct 22, 2021 7:31 PM CST
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