i'm trying to rescue a few tulip beds and
will be redoing them from scratch this year,
the bulbs that are already there i would like
to lift and store, but i haven't done much
with actually storing them before (i usually
plant them and leave them in the ground).
i will lift them rinse them and dunk them in a
antifungal to make sure i'm not moving the fungus
along with them.
when i try to find fungus stuff to dunk in i'm
coming up with Bordeaux mix and not much
else, but there should be some other things that
are not so toxic to the other good critters out
there? my main concern here is that some had
fungus attacking them this year and i'd like to
move them and leave the fungus behind...
i was thinking that limewater alone would
probably be ok as long as they were not soaking
in it for too long? (calcium hydroxide powder
mixed in water, not too strong, perhaps a few
tablespoons per gallon) then let them dry.
as for actual storage, dusting with anti-fungal
powders is recommended, but what would you use
here? corn starch and a little baking soda mixed
i have shredded paper to use as a storage
material, and was going to dunk and dry this
too as extra measure against spores falling off
and sticking to the bedding, i'll layer them in
box tops stacked crosswise so they'll have
plenty of air.
the trouble i see here mostly is that it will be
warm where i store them (and dry other than
the ambient humidity) and i'll be able to keep
an eye on them. perhaps up into the 90s for
a few days here or there. i always thought that
tulips liked hot and dry so i wasn't worried
about this, but some reading has me wondering...
i wish i had a root cellar or other storage place,
but not yet... i thought at first that i could dig
a hole for them and that would keep them
cooler, but they need to be kept dry too and
that's not going to work for any holes hereabouts.
thank you for your answers, insight, questions,
other musings in other posts... :)