How to Lift and Store Bulbs and Tubers

Learn how to keep tender plants, like tulips and daffodils, under cover during chilly winter months.

'Pink Impression' Tulip

'Pink Impression' Tulip

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide

Materials Needed

  • garden fork
  • sand
  • boxes or trays

Step 1: Lift Bulbs

Lift Bulbs Out of Soil in Fall with Garden Fork

Lift Bulbs Out of Soil in Fall with Garden Fork

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lift bulbs out of the soil in fall using a fork, being careful to avoid damaging them with the prongs. Discard any damaged bulbs.

Step 2: Prepare Bulbs

Trim Off Dying Top Growth and Lay Bulbs Out to Dry

Trim Off Dying Top Growth and Lay Bulbs Out to Dry

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove soil, trim off dying top growth, and lay the bulbs out on a wire rack. Once they are dry, store the bulbs in boxes or trays of sand in a frost-free place.

Step 3: Lift Tubers

Lift Tubers from Ground in Fall Using Garden Fork

Lift Tubers from Ground in Fall Using Garden Fork

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

The process of lifting tubers is similar to that of lifting bulbs. Lift tubers out of the ground during fall using a fork, digging around the edge of the clump to prevent damage to the the roots.

Step 4: Prepare Tubers

Shake Excess Soil from Tubers and Allow to Dry

Shake Excess Soil from Tubers and Allow to Dry

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Shake off excess soil, trim away any dying foliage and stems, and let the tubers dry out completely. Once dry, dust off the remaining soil, and store the tubers.

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