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Warren, Vermont
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PoppyLady420
Oct 16, 2017 1:25 PM CST
Hello wonderful people,

I am a Vermont transplant from coastal California. I have never had to store bulbs before. I got some sawdust and have a few of my favorite bulbs ready to put away for the winter. I trimmed the roots and cut the stalks. My question:
Should I wash the bulbs and let them dry? Or, just leave the small amount of dirt on them?
I am afraid to damage the bulbs. Thank you
Happy Autumn
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 16, 2017 2:39 PM CST
What zone do you live in? I live in Zone 6 and never dig them up.

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Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
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katesflowers
Oct 16, 2017 3:52 PM CST
I'm in zone 4b and they do not survive our Michigan winter.
I have not been successful in storing the bulbs, so interested, too, in hearing storage ideas.
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
Warren, Vermont
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PoppyLady420
Oct 16, 2017 7:20 PM CST
Zone 4. Vermont. Mountains. Sugarbush. I really just need to know if I should rub the dirt off, wash with water, or just let them be Thank You!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 16, 2017 7:33 PM CST
Rub the dirt off but don't take the outside layers of dried 'skin' off. Store them in a paper bag in the produce drawer.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
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katesflowers
Oct 17, 2017 3:01 PM CST
OK, Daisy comes through for us ! Thank you !
One more thing - non-gardeners should not look in avid-gardeners refrigerators & freezers. We we have our reasons for the odd stuff that's in there Rolling on the floor laughing
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare

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