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Storing Peruvian Daffodil Bulbs

Hymenocallis festalis, the Peruvian daffodil, is a tropical, bulb bearing plant. When grown in the temperate regions, the bulbs must be lifted from the soil and stored indoors for the winter.
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I bought 3 bulbs, 3 years, ago. They multiply rapidly. Now, I have well over a hundred. For the past 2 years, I have been overwintering these bulbs upside down in a cool pantry, in a cardboard box filled with Perlite. Perlite has gotten so expensive, I refuse to buy it, anymore.

This year, I will try a different method of storing the larger bulbs. The many bulblets, I will store as before. Again, borrowing from Attosa's tip for storing onions, the bulbs will be stored in panty hose

I took a leg of panty hose filled with the bulbs outside to photograph it. I wanted the other members to see just how these hose will stretch and how many bulbs can be gotten into one leg.

I'll bring the bulbs inside, double the strand and hang it from a hook in a cool pantry. They should do well under these conditions. I'm thinking many other types of large tropical bulbs could be stored this way.

Is there anything new under the Sun? Not really. Most things just haven't been discovered, yet. And if you are not a discoverer, you make do with borrowed technology. Thanks again, Ms Toosa!

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  1. Photo Description Hymenocallis festalis, the Peruvian daffodil, is a tropical, bulb bearing plant. When grown in the temperate regions, the bulbs must be lifted from the soil and stored indoors for the winter.

    I bought 3 bulbs, 3 years, ago. They multiply rapidly. Now, I have well over a hundred. For the past 2 years, I have been overwintering these bulbs upside down in a cool pantry, in a cardboard box filled with Perlite. Perlite has gotten so expensive, I refuse to buy it, anymore.

    This year, I will try a different method of storing the larger bulbs. The many bulblets, I will store as before. Again, borrowing from Attosa's tip for storing onions, the bulbs will be stored in panty hose

    I took a leg of panty hose filled with the bulbs outside to photograph it. I wanted the other members to see just how these hose will stretch and how many bulbs can be gotten into one leg.

    I'll bring the bulbs inside, double the strand and hang it from a hook in a cool pantry. They should do well under these conditions. I'm thinking many other types of large tropical bulbs could be stored this way.

    Is there anything new under the Sun? Not really. Most things just haven't been discovered, yet. And if you are not a discoverer, you make do with borrowed technology. Thanks again, Ms Toosa!
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November 26, 20161 found this helpful

I like the idea of putting a bread tab between each thing you hang in the hose leg. Looks like this method can be used for many things.

I use knee highs to hang onions. Previously I was tying a knot between each one. When I needed an onion I cut it off the bottom. It took a lot of knee highs to do this.

Since your post about using hose for storing potatoes, I have been using a bread tab between each onion. This way I can use the same knee high over and over. This is a great tip.

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November 27, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks, LG

As I don't wear these things, I'm not familiar with their different forms. I think knee highs would probably be better than panty hose. I'll look for those next.

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November 27, 20161 found this helpful

Talk to your lady friends. I'm sure they would be glad to save you the ones they are going to throw away because of picks and runs.

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Great way to recycle them.

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