Bulbs forum: Bulbs in cold storage

Views: 719, Replies: 5 » Jump to the end
Name: Brian Noel
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia,C (Zone 5b)
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
[Last edited by BrianNoel - Apr 15, 2016 8:28 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1115847 (1)
central Illinois
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Photo Contest Winner: 2017
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.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
[Last edited by jmorth - Apr 16, 2016 12:29 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1117576 (2)
(Zone 8b)
Apr 16, 2016 8:39 PM CST
I put my bulbs in a brown paper bag and into the frig.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing
Bulbs Region: Canadian Garden Ideas: Master Level Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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)
Apr 18, 2016 10:03 AM CST
Thank You!
Name: Gitali Banarasiya

Aug 5, 2017 6:41 AM CST
I keep my bulb in silver foil paper. It protect from fermentation. know more or get storage service here www.godamwale.com

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Bulbs forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by EscondidoCal and is called "Geranium maderense"