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October 23, 2013

Tim's Tips: Time to store your tender bulbs

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To store your bulbs, you will need a container wide enough to fit them and deep enough to cover them. A cardboard box will work fine. The bulbs will need to be covered to prevent the air from drying them out. Vermiculite or perlite will work well as a material to cover the bulbs. Very dry peat moss will also work. You want to put a layer of the material in the bottom of the container. Place the bulbs in the box, and then cover them with roughly 2 inches of the material.

The box should then be stored in a cool and dark area that will not have temperatures that go below freezing. If the temperatures drop below freezing, the bulbs will die. Come spring, you can take your bulbs out of storage and then replant them in the ground.

Speaking of bulbs, there is still time to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs. These bulbs need to be planted in the fall if you want them to flower in the spring. This would be one of those things to do this weekend.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is www.harborgardens.com. Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to ndn@newburyportnews.com, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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