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Name: Pat Pierce
Litchfield NY (Zone 5b)
Aug 2, 2016 7:11 AM CST
While planting my summer annuals after my tulip and daffodils greens died off I had dug up the bulbs. They went from about 16 bulbs to 50 and I want to spread them out. How do I store them until planting in the fall?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 2, 2016 9:53 AM CST
Hi Pat, Welcome! to NGA

Put them in the refrigerator in the produce drawer.
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Name: Elaine
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Aug 2, 2016 10:25 AM CST
Or just a cool, dark place somewhere will be fine. I would have just moved them to where you want them as they were dug up.

The bulbs are dormant now and would be underground in the summer heat if you had left them where they were, warm, and even sometimes wet. So they really don't need to be in the fridge. Just be sure to plant them in the fall, and they will get the winter chill they need naturally.

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Aug 2, 2016 10:36 AM CST
I store spring flowering bulbs (if dug up) in mesh bags hanging (w/ air circulation) in the garage till replanting in the fall.
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