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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:34 pm    Post subject: lifting and storing tulip bulbs Reply with quote

I have just lifted tulip bulbs from a container to store them fro replanting in Autumn. Does anyone know how to prepare them for storage and how/where to store?

Also, some of the bulbs have become large and segmented, not unlike a garlic bulb - should these be separated?

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:33 pm    Post subject: lifting and storing tulip bulbs Reply with quote

Thanks. Just to be clear, I've left them out to dry in the garage for twenty four hours. If I now wrap then togther in a sheet of newspaper and store them in an old toolbox in an unheated garage would that be alright?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once they are dry put them in a similar type mesh bag that these sort of things are sold in. You might be able to scrounge net bags from a grocers that they purchase their bulk carrots etc in. hang them in the garage so there is plenty air circulation and ensure the garage remains as cool as possible. Perhaps stir up the contents of each back on ocassion to ensure the bulbs in the centre don't lack air and become mouldy.
Alternatively, store as you would store potatoes, in a clamp in the garage. A layer of completely dry peat or sand, then a layer of bulbs, then layer of peat or sand then bulbs finishing off with a layer of peat or sand. Make sure no water gets on to it from drips etc and that the area is as cool as possible.
Storing in an old toolbox would reduce air and increase bacteria, fungus etc.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With tulip bulbs and lilys etc is it essential to wait till all greenery has died off before lifting or when is the best time to lift? I know the Lillies need to be out for a good bit longer to absorb as much energy as possible but some of the tulip bulbs also still have some greenery and I was wondering if it is too early to lift them.
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