Week 31 – Summer Bulbs – more free plants

David grabbed a shot of all the apprentices in the corn stalks.

A couple of weeks ago we talked about taking cuttings and rooting them for free Spring plants.  This week we’re talking about those summer bulbs and rhizomes that look they are dead.  If you leave them in the ground they will die in our cold snowy weather and freezing temperatures.  Dig them up and save them for next year.  More free plants.

The ground has not frozen yet so there is still time to get out there and save these summer plants.  Cannas, gladiolus, dahlias and pineapple lilies have multiplied throughout the year.  That one bulb you planted is now four to six plants.  If you planted 4 to 6 plants, you could now have 16 to 24 plants for next year.  That’s a nice savings instead of buying new bulbs every year.

If they are in big pots, dump out the whole soil ball from the pot.  Carefully scrape and separate the soil from the bulbs and rhizomes so that you don’t damage them.  If they are in the ground you can dig up a clump and dig through the soil to get them out.

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To store them for the winter, get most of the soil off of them, divide them and place them in a plastic bag.  Don’t tie the bag tight.  Leave it open enough that the air can circulate throughout the bag so the bulbs don’t rot.  Put them in a cool dark place that doesn’t freeze.

If you have a small pots of lilies, you may be able to cut off the tops and put the pot in a cool, dark place that does not freeze.  You don’t want them to get too dry, so throughout the winter give them a check and add a little water if needed.  In the Spring just bring the pot back outside and start watering it.

If you want to remember what colors you have, just mark the bag with the color before storing.

Happy Gardening!!

To see this week’s segment go to:  http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=361611

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Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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