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Digging Up and Storing Bulbs

Get your bulbs ready for winter with these tips on digging up and storing bulbs from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

If you have bulbs that you won’t be able to get in the ground in the fall, you can still save them over the winter. They need to be removed from the ground before the soil freezes. Follow these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet for digging up and storing bulbs this fall.

Digging Up and Storing Bulbs
Get your plants ready for winter with this how-to on digging up and storing bulbs from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

How to Dig Up and Store Bulbs

1. Dig – The keep to digging up bulbs is to be gentle. Loosen the soil around the plant, going out several inches from the main stem. Using a garden spade or fork, remove the plant from the ground. Make sure to not damage the main stem.

2. Clean – Bulbs need to be kept dry and clean in order to make it through the winter. Shake and brush off any excess soil. If the temperature is still warm enough, you can gently wash them off with water and let them dry in a cool, dry place. It’s best to avoid getting the bulbs wet if possible.

3. Prepare – Get the bulbs ready for storage. Sort them out and remove any diseased or damaged bulbs. This is also a good time to label the bulbs. With larger bulbs you can simply write on them with a permanent marker. For smaller bulbs, use tie-on labels or tags.

4. Store – Bulbs should be stored with enough room to breathe. If not, they’ll rot over the winter. Store them in a ventilated cardboard box, layering newspaper between the bulbs. Don’t let the bulbs touch each other. The box of bulbs needs to be stored in a cool, dry place–popular choices include an unheated basement, crawl space or garage. Make sure the temperature doesn’t go below freezing.

5. Check In – It’s important to check in on your bulbs throughout the winter. Check for moldy or rotten packing material and replace it with new packing material. Throw away any bulbs that become mushy or rotten.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand your plants and flowers are your pride and joy. That’s why we carry everything you need for taking care of your garden, all year round. Visit our Gardening blog for more tips and how-to’s.


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