Storing Plant Bulbs

Introduction: Storing Plant Bulbs

This process will show you how to store plant bulbs. Through some reading I learned that not only can you store them for winter you can also store them to force them to bloom again. 


Plant bulbs
White rice dried
small brown paper bags
measuring cup
a cool dry place
a refrigerator that is no less then 32°F

Step 1:

Start off by removing the bulbs from the dirt be sure to brush off the excess dirt but do not rinse the bulbs. Lay the bulbs  in a cool dry place where they can dry out for a few days to a week ( see pic 1 ).  After the bulbs have dried out well you can now separate the ones with clusters by splitting them apart. It may make it easier if you peel back the dark skin from the outside. This may also remove the roots but that is ok, more will grow back after they are replanted. Grab a brown paper bag and label it with the the name of the plant and date you are storing them. Place bulbs in the bag and add 1/2 cup of uncooked white rice then roll down the bag and place in the refrigerator. Be sure the temp is not lower then 32°F. Store bulbs for at least 16 weeks and plant them about 2 to 6 weeks before you expect them to bloom. 

Keep in mind that this is just a guideline that I have found to work for my needs. All bulbs are different in how long that will need to be stored and the temp they are stored at. It's best to search the web for your specific plant bulb for the specific details. 

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Good ible. Thanks for the tips. I never knew how to do this. I spent a fortune on bulbs each year.