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Storing Bulbs

I store my bulbs (and various other flower seeds) in the drawers of an old dresser in the basement. It's provides plenty of cool, dark space, and keeps things not-too-dry and not-too-moist (and quite tidy). I line the drawers with a little newspaper and fill the "bulb" drawers with an inch or two of slightly moist peat moss to keep bulbs from drying out.

You can keep these bulb types together because they have similar storage requirements and both do well at 45°F to 50°F. If you don't have an old dresser use a shallow under-the-bed plastic storage bin (without the cover), a burlap sack, or a bushel basket. Plastic organizer towers with pull out drawers would work also, providing you make modifications for air circulation. Cover the bulbs with sphagnum moss or sawdust to keep them from drying out. Check them periodically for shriveling and add a little moisture to plump them back up if necessary. Don't store them more than 2 deep, especially if yours are really big, or they will generate enough heat to cause decay.

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October 22, 20050 found this helpful

Go to the google search engine and type in, ''how to store Elephant ear bulbs/Canna's ?

You can also try to ask, ''can Elephant ears, and Canna's be stored together?''

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October 22, 20050 found this helpful

I do not have elephant ears , but I do have Cannas. I just pull them , cut off the leaves, knock off the dirt, and then put them in a cardboard box. Dry them out first , I don't use anything else, for smaller bulbs, I put them in paper bags when dry and put the bags in same box . I have been doing this for years with no problem. I keep mine in the attic.

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October 23, 20050 found this helpful

I have both. All I do is dig them out, leaving some dirt on them . I put them in my basement in a cardboard box and just leave them alone. Sometimes they will continue to grow leaves for a month or so-I just cut them off. In the spring, I put them in a bucket of water, separate the babies and replant. I have done this for years and it works.

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October 23, 20050 found this helpful

I dig mine up, knock the dirt off, let them dry for a few days and store them in a brown paper bag in the closet (somewhere dark and dry will work).Pretty simple. The following spring when they're ready to plant, soak them in warm, not hot water for 24 hrs prior to putting them in the ground. The moisture helps to soften the bulb for roots to sprout. Yes, you can store cannas and el ears together since they are dormant.

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August 6, 20110 found this helpful

This is the time of year to plant iris so it would probably be best to get them planted so they can establish before it freezes. They are tough and should be fine this winter. Just don't plant too deep because the rhizome will rot. It almost should be sitting on top of the ground in a well drained spot.

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