How To Store Tulip Bulbs In The Winter At Home?

This article is written by Saket Kumar Jha.

Every grower, regardless of what kind of flower he grows: indoor or garden, knows very well that every plant needs care and attention. And every minute you spend, you return wonderfully, delighting the owner of rare flower bulbs with lush flowers. Therefore, they spare no time, effort, and sometimes money to purchase valuable items and take care of their flowers. And because it is occasionally annoying, after spending a large sum on the purchase of seeds, you do not see the desired beautiful flowers on the flower bed in the spring. Sometimes many blame the sellers, as they say, for selling low-quality goods. But you won't have to undergo such annoyance. Read on to learn how tulip bulb care can change things?

Why Do We Dig Tulip Bulbs Annually?

Do I need to dig my tulip follicles every year? He'll tell you a lot: "No." There is no definite answer. And this fact depends only on the variety of tulips. Simple garden flowers are planted every five or even seven years, believing that there is no need to waste time and effort; they bloom beautifully every autumn. Some varieties require more attentive care and are very selective about digging and planting time. Some cannot explore and grow for two to three years. In any case, information about timing and bulbs storing rules will not be excessive.

Here are some reasons why you can extract lily bulbs after flowering and place them in a short pantry:

* It is necessary to create a specific storage position for the beautiful flowering of tulip bulbs in the spring. At this moment, lay the foundation for the future flower - a flower arrow is formed.

* All flowers of the onion family have one feature - they annually go to the ground more intensely. The deeper they go into the ground, the more difficult it will be in spring for weak and tender shoots to penetrate the thickness of the bed. Indeed, over time, this ground layer only increases. As a result, the lily bulbs rot in the ground, and children cannot reproduce later. An empty flower bed is a rather sad sight. Especially in the spring, when you want to see the first colourful flowers.


Even the most lovely flowers take from the ground, everything necessary for growth and prosperity. Therefore, over time, the soil becomes thinner and denser and becomes unsuitable for plants. This fact affects the appearance of the flowers, their resistance to diseases and the integrity of various traits. That's why tulip bulb care after bloom is crucial. In digging and planting tubers, you can loosen the compacted soil and fertilize it with organic and inorganic additives while adding the necessary vitamins to the flower diet.

Digging Up The Tulips

If you want to preserve the variegated signs of tulips and have a large number of children from them, digging up the tulips after flowering and planting them in the fall is necessary. Two months after flowering, it will be challenging to choose high-quality seeds for subsequent planting. Except for digging up the lily bulbs, children will be more minor. Yes, and picking the baby onions will be very difficult.

Moisture during Storage

Moisture during storage is an essential factor. For example, if you grow tulips on a flower bed next to other flowers, you will water them. This way, you can destroy the lily bulbs. After all, in a period of dormancy, dampness equates to a death sentence for them. Onions begin to rot and are affected by various diseases, passing them into the ground to each other. By digging up and sorting the seeds at the right time, you can avoid such consequences and enjoy springtime by looking at tulips perfect in shape and colour.

Without Separation

Without separating the extra small bulbs from the mature bulbs in the process of digging and sorting, you create an acute deficiency of minerals and nutrients necessary for the average growth and flowering of plants.

When To Dig Lily Bulbs?

When will this "good time" come? Experienced flower growers focus on the colour and condition of the leaves. As soon as the lily leaves begin to fade, you need to prepare for the digging process: prepare the container and the storage room. When the leaves have turned yellow by two thirds, it is time to extract the bulbs. At this moment, the lily bulbs ripen, but the babies still do not fall off. Thus, in addition to the natural preservation of bulbs, we still get an excellent seed material, which we possess ourselves.

No Specific Date

Because different regions have different climatic conditions, there is no specific date for the extraction of these spring flowers. Well-established flower growers pay great attention to the state of the foliage and the fact that tulips belong to a particular variety, flowering time, and climate features.


Tulips should be dug at a later flowering period, much later than early flowering plants. Both early and late drilling are equally harmful to follicles. Even a slight delay is fraught with the following consequences:

* There is a high chance that the bulbs will rot in the ground or become infected due to excessive moisture.

* Even within two weeks, the babies are getting older and separated from the main bulb. It will be tough to collect, and the precious seeds get lost in the soil.

* A month and a half after flowering, tulip bulbs begin to move inward. At this time, it may be damaged easily or not be found at all.

* In late spring and early summer, as is known, all insects are revitalized. Actively multiplies, it is an excellent danger to tulips. For example, the larvae of the Mayo beetle are very fond of bulbs, but as food, they cause irreparable harm to flowers.

In The End

Maintaining tulip bulbs in winter is troublesome, and therefore experienced gardeners advise you to take care of the seeds in advance, that is, in summer and early autumn. It is necessary to plant bulbs strictly in the fall for the tulips to bloom profusely in the spring. In the later period, it is better not to purchase seeds and not to plan planting work. According to the digging and drying rules mentioned above, in addition to the storage conditions for tulip bulbs, you can not only enjoy the bright colours of the upcoming spring but also be justifiably proud of the beautiful flowers that you plant your hands.