Lilies forum: Desiccated Lily

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Name: Mr. Mom

Mar 18, 2013 9:38 AM CST
How well do baby bulbs come back from being semi desiccated? It's been awhile since I stored bulbs.
Name: Rick R.
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Mar 18, 2013 11:51 AM CST
Usually very well, in my experience. Soak them for a day (or maybe even two days) in purified water, distilled water or any kind of natural water (rain, melted snow brought to room temp, well water, etc.).

I don't think forcing them to imbibe all those chemicals used in municipal water supplies would be good for them.

When they plump up, lay them out to dry for at least several hours. You want all the surfaces, including cracks and crevices to be dry. Free water will encourage rot. Then plant or put back into storage.

I've also done this with withered looking bulbs I keep for consumption. They can look pretty sad and unappetizing, but don't seem to lose to much taste quality when rehydrated. After all, the Chinese will often purposely dry the bulb scales for food storage.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
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Mar 20, 2013 8:50 AM CST
Yes, and when drying, avoid direct sunlight. And if your going to store the bulb a little longer, pack in very slightly dampened peat moss in a vegetable food storage bag is usually sufficent. However, if this is a very expensive bulb or one that is very important to you, a better choice of repacking material would be slightly dampened raw sphagnum moss which you can 'hand chaffe' a little first. (clean hands or gloves) If you happen to have a little Captan around you could dust the bulb with a little that too, but if not, don't worry, you'll be ok.

I've soaked many bulbs over the years and always felt glad that I did. It works!

Edit note added: Make sure when you are drying, keep safe from rodents (mice and chipmunks, etc.) I had a couple chewed to bits one day by a chipmunk who had his last supper, right then and there.
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