storage question

hi,

is it ok to store done bulbs and tubers (begonias, daffs etc etc) in a dark (no light at all) garage? i do not have a greenhouse sadly and it would be nice to use them year on year rather than buy them annually each year and chuck the bulbs on the compost when done.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,252

    I leave daffs in the ground.

    If something is dormant it shouldn't need light, sounds like a good place 

  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 212

    hi nutcutlet. well i have a mix - i have a load of daffs, anemones, iris and a couple of other varieties both in the ground but predominantly in pots. i was also thinking of getting some begonias, and rather than chuck the bulbs in autumn on the compost it would be nice to keep them for the year after. would that work?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,252

    I don't do begonias but I think they would need frost free storage. The hardy bulbs would be fine through the summer once they're dormant.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800
    nut, can I ask why you don't do Begonias? I was thinking of getting some, never had them before and not sure whether to or not. Thanks T
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,252

    I have a large natural style garden Tracey. Lots of hardy trees,shrubs, perennials, native plants. Aimed at supporting all the resident wildlife.

    I don't grow tender, double or fancy hybrid.

     

     

     

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800
    I see, I thought maybe it was becuase they were difficult or something. I bet your garden is lovely. I have no idea what that last sentence means (being a newbie!!).
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,252

    Tender plants die in the winter

    Double flowers aren't any use to insects and don't make seeds.

    Fancy hybrids the same and don't fit in visually.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,252

    PS Tracey

    My garden has been lovely in years past but due to neglect is a right shambles now. I hope to get it back this year

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800
    Thanks Nut, I googled fancy hybrid and it came up with a load of cars, could have been worse I suppose!!!
  • Djjjuk you can store all summer bulbs,tubers,rhizomes, I store Callas,Cannas,Dahlias,Gladiolus,Begonias.I also store Geraniums,close to 50.These are all stored in my furnace room in cardboard boxes in paper and plastic bags.

    Bill

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