How to save gladiolus bulbs and dahlia tubers until spring
Storing gladiolus bulbs
There is no such garden, where in the second half of summer gladioli and dahlias with lush multi-colored caps-heads would not please with their lush bright "ears". These magnificent beauties of the garden reproduce with bulbs and tubers.
However, the season ends, and in the fall, gardeners face the question: how to preserve the planting material of gladioli and dahlias. I dig out gladioli at the end of September - beginning of October, when the steam heating is already on in the city. This is a prerequisite, otherwise the bulbs may rot during the drying process. I dig out gladioli in any weather, but I guess so that on the same day or, in extreme cases, the next, take them home.
Having delivered the bulbs home, I immediately cleanse them of the integumentary scales, remove the old bulb and roots. After that, my onion. If there are any spots on the bulb (this is a sign of illness), then I throw it away mercilessly. Previously, I cut out such spots with a knife and saved the onion. But then I realized that next year this bulb will still get sick, and besides, it will infect other bulbs and the soil. Therefore, I leave only clean, healthy bulbs.
After washing, I keep the bulbs for 20 minutes in a pink solution of potassium permanganate and 20 minutes in Aktara's solution (according to the instructions). This is a good prevention against diseases and pests, since gladioli bulbs are often affected by insects invisible to us - thrips, so disinfection of the planting material is mandatory! Do not forget that when working with such drugs, you need to wear gloves and a mask on your face.
Having finished the prophylaxis, I put the onions in the halves of the candy boxes and put them in a dry place, but not by the battery. Kitchen shelves or bookshelves work best. If the house is cold (steam heating is not yet turned on), then the bulbs will become covered with mold and will not be stored. In about two to three weeks, they will dry - I check it by touch. It is impossible to dry longer, otherwise they will lose the moisture they need.
In an old bowl I dissolve three or four household candles (white) or paraffin, remove the threads. When the paraffin is completely dissolved, I reduce the fire, but it should not be quite small.
I dip large bulbs of gladioli half their size (for a split second) in dissolved paraffin. Then I dip the second half of the onion in paraffin. The paraffin should cover the entire bulb with a thin layer. After that, she looks like a shiny candy. If paraffin falls on the bulb in a thick layer, then the fire must be slightly increased. This means that the paraffin is not hot enough. In many books for gardeners, it is advised to paraffin only dahlia tubers in this way, and dissolve the paraffin in a water bath for this. But for more than twenty years I have been dissolving paraffin not in a water bath, but in a bowl, and not once have gladioli bulbs and dahlia tubers been damaged.
If the onions of gladioli are small, and you can't grab them with your hand, then I put such an onion in a teaspoon, immerse it in paraffin and quickly take it out. I remove the children of gladioli immediately when digging. I do not wax them, but only rinse and disinfect them. I dry in the same way as onions.
Gladiolus bulbs must be sorted not only by size, but also by variety. I sign each grade. I put them in newspaper bags and store them in the refrigerator in the vegetable compartment or in the compartment on its door.
In the spring (at the beginning of April) I take them out, put them in halves of candy boxes and put them in a bright, but not sunny place for germination. This way of storing gladioli is very convenient because in the spring, when the gardener has too little time to clean the bulbs, this precious time is saved - I cleaned them in the fall.
Secondly, in the spring, when removing the covering scales, you can inadvertently break an already appeared sprout, and then this year the gladiolus will not bloom.
Thirdly, during spring cleaning of bulbs from covering scales, even a healthy person develops an allergic rhinitis, which does not happen in autumn when cleaning wet scales. Fourthly, during the autumn disinfection of the bulbs in the unremoved covering scales, pests may not die and survive, and then, in winter, cause significant damage to the bulbs. When a bare bulb is immersed in hot paraffin, the pests die. If by chance they survived, they remain embedded in paraffin.
Dahlia tubers storage
I also wax dahlia tubers in preparation for storage. Unlike gladioli, I dig them out in sunny, dry weather. I clean it well from the ground - first with a wooden stick, sharpened like a pencil, and then - I sweep away the rest of the soil with a glue brush. I divide each dug out bush into divisions - a stem with several tubers. I leave a small lignified stump from the stem. It is not necessary to wash the tubers in order not to damage the protective layer.
Once the tubers were washed, and after that they did not survive. I have not observed diseases in dahlias, therefore I do not disinfect their tubers.
After cleaning for the night, I remove the tubers in a cold, dry place (in a barn) to dry out. Longer, I think, you can't dry them like that, otherwise they will wrinkle and then they will be poorly stored. The next day I start to wax them. If I dig the tubers out of the wet soil in a rainy autumn, then I dry the land for a day or two longer, and then I immediately paraffin it.
Once I did not have time to wax the tubers in time, and they dried out and wrinkled a little. There is a way to restore them: you need to wrap them in a damp newspaper for several hours and keep them in this form in a cold room.
For too large and long tubers, immediately before waxing, I cut off half of the tuber from the end. Thus, I reduce the volume of tubers that have to be stored. Do not be afraid of this: roots will grow along the edge of the cut in spring. For all tubers, I must cut off small roots and thin unripe tubers - they will dry out over the winter anyway. I cut large divisions with a knife into 2-3 pieces, depending on the size. I throw away tubers without buds. There is nothing to keep unnecessary. Previously, I cut each cut into separate tubers, but this way they were stored worse, and many fell out over the winter.
I dip part of the cut in paraffin. Since the tubers of dahlias are larger than the bulbs of gladioli, then those parts of the tubers that did not fit in the bowl during immersion and were not covered with paraffin, I pour paraffin from a teaspoon, holding them obliquely over the bowl. Then I wrap them in newspapers and store them in the refrigerator.
As a rule, varietal dahlias are more capricious, and their tubers are poorly stored in the basement or caisson. This storage method helps to keep the tubers safe and sound.
Instead of paraffin, I tried to dip whole bushes of dahlias in a clay chatterbox. To do this, she poured water over the blue clay, kneaded each piece with her hand until a creamy mass without lumps was formed. She dipped dried tubers from a whole bush of dahlias into this mixture, and then dried them in the basement until completely dry. In this form, they dried in the cool for a long time. Do not dry them in a warm and dry place.
Then she kept it in the basement caisson. But this method did not justify itself. The tubers were poorly preserved. In this way, you can store old, not very beautiful varieties of dahlias, but they are well stored even without a clay talker.
I tried to store undivided tubers from whole dahlia bushes in plastic buckets, filling them with dry river sand. However, keeping dahlias in winter requires a stable temperature and humidity. In winter, we do not live in the country house, in the basement there are low negative temperatures, and the temperature in the caisson, although positive, but it depends on the temperature outside. Therefore, a constant temperature cannot be provided for dahlia tubers, and this method also turned out to be unsuccessful for me. Although if you constantly live in a country house, then in this case, I think this method is the most convenient, since the tubers do not need to be cut and waxed, and whole cuttings are better stored in winter.
In the spring (at the beginning of May) I plant the cuttings in large flower pots for germination, and after the twenty-fifth of May I already plant them with a lump of earth in the open ground. Thanks to this seedling method, my dahlias bloom earlier. When landing in open ground, I drive a peg into the planting hole, immerse the seedlings of dahlias. After planting, I immediately tie the dahlia stalks to these stakes.
Thanks to the protective layer of paraffin and the constant temperature in the refrigerator, the tubers of dahlias and gladioli are well preserved until spring, saving me precious time in the spring. Contrary to the mistrust of many novice growers, after planting, dahlia tubers and gladioli bulbs normally germinate through a layer of paraffin and form a good root system.
gardener, candidate of geographical sciences
Vsevolozhsky district of the Leningrad region
Photo by the author
How to store gladioli in the room
It is best to store gladioli bulbs in a cool dry basement with a temperature of at least 4 ° C. But what if you don't have such a room? It's okay, gladiolus bulbs can be kept in an ordinary apartment. To do this, put the dried onions in cardboard boxes (do not forget to sign the variety) and put them in the refrigerator, away from the freezer compartment.
Never put gladioli bulbs in the freezer.
Remove the box of bulbs periodically and inspect them for rot and mold. Check, process and quarantine all suspicious specimens.
Some gardeners store gladioli bulbs on the tiled bathroom floor. Of course, the temperature there is lower than in living rooms, but the humidity is too high.
It is very easy to save gladiolus bulbs at home if you know all the details. Let your planting material overwinter well and, regardless of the storage method, give excellent beautiful inflorescences next year!
How to store dahlias in the winter at home
It is imperative to create a favorable microclimate in order to keep dahlias at home until spring. Rhizomes lie well in cool rooms, but they are afraid of dampness and frost.
After digging, dahlias should be stored at a temperature of + 3 ... + 8 ° and a humidity of 65-75%. Root tubers are properly processed, dried and placed in a cold, dark place until March-April.
In the basement or cellar
Basements and cellars with conditions close to ideal make it possible to preserve dahlias without preliminary preparation, along with an earthen lump. After digging, the root tubers are slightly dried, placed in boxes, boxes or bags for vegetables and determined in the cellar on shelves or pallets, the method is similar to storing onion sets. It is also convenient to store bloodworms in the cellar.
When the humidity in the room is insufficient, the planting material is sprinkled with raw filler, lightly watered once a month. If the humidity is above 70%, dry peat or perlite is used.
In the apartment after digging
It is useless to store dahlias in an apartment in the winter at home. The rhizomes dry up instantly, and at a humidity above 70% they do not go into hibernation and start growing.
A refrigerator is used to preserve a small amount of dahlias and gladioli. Prepared bulbs are wrapped in 4-5 layers of dry paper and placed in a perforated plastic bag or leaky plastic container. The packaging is kept on the bottom shelf of the chamber throughout storage.
So that the rhizomes of dahlias, tulip or lily bulbs can be stored in the sand until March without decay, the material is treated with a fungicide and dried. A layer of sand 4-6 cm is placed on the bottom of the box or box, the tubers are placed and covered up to the neck. Make sure that there are no voids between the plants.
Containers with dahlias are stored on a cold glazed balcony, loggias at a temperature not exceeding + 10 ° or in a cellar. The bookmark is checked every 1-2 weeks. If the nodules are wrinkled, then they do not have enough moisture. Then, using a spray bottle, the sand is slightly moistened.
The material that helps preserve the dahlia rhizomes until spring at home is wet sawdust. It is allowed to lay grape shanks in them. For better plant preservation, sawdust is processed:
- dissolve 1-1.5 tablespoon of copper sulfate in 1 liter of water
- pour the mixture into a volume of 4-5 liters of dry sawdust
- mix and insist 1-2 hours for uniform impregnation.
Plastic boxes are covered with foil or newspapers and dahlias are laid out in one row, sprinkled with sawdust. Containers with flowers are stored at a temperature of + 5 ... + 8 ° in a cellar or on the balcony of a city apartment.
The filler can also be moistened with ordinary tap water, but the presence of copper sulfate provides fungicidal protection of the roots. Even if one specimen rots in the container, the composition prevents the spread of fungi to neighboring healthy plants.
The method of storage in paraffin is suitable for small, young nodules that dry out quickly.
- rhizomes are thoroughly washed and dried
- break into small pieces
- wounds and cracks are covered with brilliant green
- melt paraffin in a water bath and cool to a temperature of 60-70 °
- the tubers are quickly dipped in a liquid composition
- lay to freeze for 10 minutes and repeat the procedure.
A double crust of paraffin is formed, which protects the dahlias from drying out and mold. The tubers are folded in a cloth or paper bag and stored until spring on a glazed balcony or in the refrigerator, where rose cuttings can also be placed.
Use of vermiculite
The method is identical to the content in the sand. It differs in that vermiculite is a pure material and you do not need to process it. It absorbs moisture well and gives it away easily. Thus, the rhizomes are reliably protected from excess moisture and drying out.
We save gladioli and dahlias until spring
We save gladioli and dahlias until spring
These cultures bloom beautifully, without them in the garden it is completely dull and boring. But here's the bad luck - these flowers cannot winter in the Ural land, for several cold months their tubers or bulbs must be dug up and somehow saved. Do not rot, do not dry out, but keep in absolute health until disembarkation. How to do it?
Advice from Anna Nikolaevna - by September 1, the flowers from gladioli must already be cut off so that the bulbs have enough time to absorb the nutrients as much as possible. This process will take them approximately four weeks. This means that in late September - early October, the bulbs need to be dug up and dried. But before drying, be sure to remove any unnecessary items. For example, Anna Podkorytova considers it superfluous to leave a long petiole (a piece of stem) and dry roots in gladioli. The bulb should go clean and tidy for drying.
But first, the bulbs must be pickled from pests and diseases. Our expert recommends using pesticides without fail, because the main pest of gladioli - thrips - does not sleep. Will help "Aktellik" or "Commander". And from diseases it is imperative to pickle the bulbs in "Maxim" or "Fundazole". Then the gladioli are sent to dry. Dry the bulbs at a temperature of + 20є for two weeks. A regular room will do, just put a box of flowers under the bed or under the closet. Then we arm ourselves with a blunt knife and carefully remove the old onion from the bottom of the gladiolus, it should come off quite easily.If it doesn't work - dry it out.
Under no circumstances should you put the bulbs in glass jars, and even under the lid, emphasizes our expert. Prepare gauze or linen bags, put each variety in a separate bag, be sure to write the name so as not to get confused in the spring.
After drying, you can store gladiolus bulbs in the refrigerator on the lower shelf. But if there is a lot of planting material, this option disappears. Anna Nikolaevna, for example, sends only the most valuable varieties to the refrigerator, which have innumerable bulbs. And he puts all the rest in bags, and then in open boxes from under vegetables and sends them to the underground for wintering. It is necessary to store gladioli at a low, but positive temperature (from + 2є to 10є), but if the bulb was ripe and properly dried, then it is not afraid of a higher temperature, even up to + 15є. Once a month, do not be lazy and check the gladioli to see if everything is in order. To maintain the desired humidity level, Anna Nikolaevna advises putting a bucket of water next to the boxes in which gladioli are stored.
Dahlias need to be kept in the sand ...
Dahlias also need to dry before being stored. Therefore, after digging, they are laid out in a cool, well-ventilated area. Do not overdo it. A week will be enough. Be aware that dahlia tubers very quickly lose their moisture supply, flabby.
One way to store dahlias is in sand with the addition of vermiculite.
Florist Anna Podkorytova offers gardeners two ways to store dahlia tubers. The first is to put them in a box or even just on a thick film, and then cover them with a decent layer of sand with vermiculite, while only the tops should remain on the surface. Vermiculite is needed to retain moisture in the tubers. The storage place for dahlias is a cellar or underground. But remember that they cannot be stored on potatoes - they will draw all the water out of them. And do not forget to somehow mark the varieties - with a marker or attach a piece of paper with the name.
The second storage method is suitable for small tubers, cuttings or graded dahlias. This is storage in paraffin. For this method, you will need paraffin wax heated in a saucepan over a water bath. You need to act quickly. They dipped a tuber or a piece of dahlia in molten paraffin and immediately took it out, let it drain off the paraffin, cooled it slightly and dipped the tuber from the other end. Thus, the dahlias will be completely covered with a protective layer. But be aware that if you slightly overexpose the tuber in hot paraffin, then it will simply cook.
Dahlias need to be dipped in paraffin for only a few seconds.
We put the tubers covered with paraffin protection in a box and put them in a room where the temperature does not rise above + 15є. And, by the way, Anna Nikolaevna clarifies that it is not required to scrape off the paraffin in the spring when planting the plants, plant it as it is.
How to store dahlias
Ideal conditions for storing dahlias: temperature from +3 to +6 degrees and such humidity at which the tubers will not dry out. Here are the methods of storing dahlia tubers practiced by the members of our portal (with any method, the tubers are dried for a day or two before storage):
- the tubers are placed in a plastic bag with coarse vermiculite and sent to the cellar or basement. Danger: moisture with this method of storage can be excessive, which will inevitably lead to germination of tubers.
Last fall, I mixed the purchased garden soil and vermiculite in equal shares. Perfectly preserved until spring.
- the tubers are stored in large sand boxes in the basement or cellar. Danger: the same tendency to germinate.
- tubers are stored in sawdust, the larger the sawdust, the better
- tubers are stored in bags. Vermiculite or sand is poured at the bottom of the bag, the bag is filled with tubers. Top - vermiculite or sand again
- the tubers are put in cardboard or wooden boxes and sent to the basement or cellar.
The most important thing is the correct humidity, at which the tubers, on the one hand, will not dry out, and on the other, they will not begin to germinate ahead of time.
To avoid unpleasant surprises, the tubers should be checked once a month. Those on which rot appeared - ruthlessly discard, so as not to infect the rest.
In the spring, the tubers of dahlias wake up: they are transferred to room temperature, you can even add one or two tablespoons of water to quickly start the awakening process.
How to keep dahlia tubers in an apartment
This method has proven itself well: the prepared tubers are placed in a tight plastic bag, sprinkled with wood ash on top, tied as tightly as possible, put in another bag, tied again.
I fill up the tubers with my head, during the winter I add ash. The roots do not dry out, do not rot, they overwinter super.
Dahlias packed in this way can be stored in an apartment, in any cool place, away from the battery, on the landing, in the vestibule.
So dahlias will sleep until the end of February, and then you need to cover the package with earth and start watering them little by little, to prepare for the new season.
How to store gladiolus bulbs until spring at home
The fashion for gladioli never goes away, and lately, when breeders are developing all new varieties or hybrids, interest in these flowers and love for them only increases. And how can you not like simultaneously lush and elegant inflorescences, as if directed upward, the richest color range of corrugated or folded petals on peduncles with strict, dark green leaves resembling swords?
Therefore, many gardeners who buy flower bulbs for planting are worried about how to store gladioli at home in winter, because next year they want to admire again such beautiful flowers that symbolize male nobility. In addition, gladiolus is the most popular cut flower for autumn bouquets.
Preparing gladiolus bulbs for storage
It is quite difficult to save gladioli and their bulbs - the tubers are capricious and react too much to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. In addition, flower bulbs are a real treat for insect pests (most often, these are tips), they are often affected by rot and fungal infections.
Storing gladiolus bulbs is challenging, but doable. A large percentage of tubers can be saved if they are properly prepared for storage.
So, the preparation of tubers is as follows:
- The optimal period for harvesting gladioli is the beginning of October. In most regions, it is already cool at this time, but heavy rains and frosts are still ahead. Different varieties of gladioli differ in terms of flowering, so it is impossible to name the exact date of harvesting flowers. It is optimal if the bulbs are dug up a month after the last bud wilted. If the variety is late, and cold weather comes, you need to dig out the flowers as early as possible, regardless of the recommended time (frost is much more dangerous than premature harvesting).
- It is recommended to dig up the bulbs with a pitchfork, but you can also do this with a shovel. 10-15 cm recede from the bush and carefully dig in the ground, lifting it up. Hand grasp the lower part of the stem and pull out the bulbs, being careful not to damage them.
The soil must be carefully cleaned and the stems must be trimmed with a sharp, clean knife or garden pruner. It is recommended to leave hemp no shorter than 20 cm - this way the bulb will not dry out too much, and a tag with the name of the variety and a shade of gladiolus can be attached to the remainder of the stem (this will help when drawing up a flower bed in spring).
Peeled and trimmed bulbs are examined, trying to identify all diseased, damaged, rotten or pest-eaten specimens. If the defects are small, you can try to cut them out with a sharp knife, and fill the wound with strong potassium permanganate or cover with brilliant green. At this stage, different varieties of gladioli are sorted and signed.
Now you should separate the babies and annual unripe bulbs. Children are stored in the same way as the rest of the tubers. The only recommendation: if possible, it is better to create slightly different conditions for tubers, with a temperature of about 5 degrees and a humidity of 85-90%. Corms that did not have time to ripen are unlikely to survive until spring if stored together with the rest of the gladioli. Such onions are best preserved in paraffin. You just need to melt a candle, grab the stem of the gladiolus with your hand and dip it in a liquid solution for a few seconds. Then quickly put it in cold water and put it in a cardboard or wooden box.
The main rule responsible for the preservation of gladioli until spring is that the bulbs must be thoroughly dried. Tubers of flowers are dried at room temperature - about 18-20 degrees. The scales are not removed from the bulbs, otherwise the tubers will evaporate moisture too quickly and fade. They lay out gladioli in a dry place on a shelf or on a table, provide them with regular ventilation and a constant temperature. So gladioli should lie down for about 20-30 days.
After drying, gladioli are best disinfected. This will protect them from fungus, rot, and the spread of infections. You can use a solution of potassium permanganate or chlorophos in a proportion of 20 grams per bucket of water. The corms are soaked in a disinfectant solution for 20-30 minutes. After that, they need to be thoroughly dried again!
Options for storing gladiolus bulbs until spring
At home, gladioli can be saved until the new season. To do this, use several methods:
- nylon mesh with small cells or stockings
- cardboard boxes, on the bottom of which paper is placed and, for good ventilation, holes are made in the walls
- wooden boxes with a lattice bottom
- paper bags (for kids)
- bags made of natural fabrics (cotton, linen).
Storing gladioli in an apartment until spring
Healthy and well-dried material can be preserved in a city apartment at +18 +20 0С, but in this case, the bulbs noticeably lose in volume by spring. They are placed without wrapping so that the tubers do not come into contact with each other, and stored in the dark (for example, in a shoebox under the bed). Before planting, these bulbs should be kept in a growth promoter, and they will develop and bloom well.
Of course, it is better to choose the coolest place in the apartment for storing gladioli at home. This can be a glazed loggia, a cold windowsill or a lower shelf in the refrigerator.
It is advisable to avoid temperature fluctuations and high humidity. The bulbs must be inspected several times during the winter. Sick and dried specimens are removed. If there is a danger of infection with thrips, you can dust the tubers with chalk, lay cloves of garlic with them or process it with Inta-Vir. You can also dip the tubers in molten paraffin wax. This will keep the bulbs from drying out and keep molds out.
Storing gladiolus bulbs in a plastic bag until spring
There is another way of such an event as storing gladioli at home. It involves digging up the bulbs at regular times. But! You need to leave some soil on the roots, and place the plant in a tall plastic bag, without cutting off the leaves. In this makeshift greenhouse, the bulb continues to grow and ripen, gradually taking nutrients from the stem. By December, the withered leaves are removed, the bulbs are treated with pest preparations and stored until spring in a cool room.
This method can be adopted by gardeners who grow late flowering varieties in areas with short summers.
Storing gladiolus bulbs in the refrigerator until spring
Many growers use a regular refrigerator to store bulbs. The ideal place is the vegetable compartment - the lowest shelf.
After that, the bundle must be placed in a plastic bag, at the bottom of which holes must also be made. Once every 20-30 days, it is worth inspecting the bulbs for the absence of diseases. If you notice that some tubers are damp, they should be removed from the package.
Storing gladiolus bulbs in a trench until spring
You can use a trench to store tubers. This method is suitable if your area does not experience severe winters. Ground water should not flow near the selected area. You need to dig a trench about 80 cm deep and 70 cm wide.
Gladiolus bulbs are folded into boxes, covered with dry sawdust and lowered into a recess. Top the boxes should be covered with dry leaves and covered with foil. Thanks to this protection, rain and melt water will not fall on the bulbs. It is very important to complete the trench laying before the onset of severe frosts.
Storing gladiolus bulbs in the basement until spring
The ideal place to store gladioli is in the basement. But, there is one caveat, if you store vegetables and fruits in the same room, then you cannot put flower bulbs next to it on the shelf. To do this, it is necessary to allocate another place, since vegetables and fruits will release a large amount of moisture during storage, and this is destructive for gladioli bulbs.
A certain temperature must be maintained in the basement, in the range from 4 to 7 ° C with a plus sign. Indoor humidity - 60 to 80%. For children, you need to create other storage conditions - the temperature should be lowered by a few degrees, and the humidity should be increased to 90%.
If you have the opportunity, then you can put the gladiolus bulbs in boxes with a bottom in the form of a grid, then the bulbs will be evenly dried and well ventilated.
You can put peeled cloves of garlic in each drawer to preserve the flower bulbs and protect them from pests. Several times a month you need to go down to the basement to inspect the bulbs. If you find damaged gladioli, they must be removed. Change the garlic every time you check.
The ideal place for storing gladioli bulbs is a dry ventilated basement or a cellar, the rooms should be cold.
Place the boxes with planting material on the racks in the basement, so you can save space. You can also store the bulbs in bags (make them yourself from old nylon tights).
You can do otherwise if it is not possible to put the bulbs in boxes with a ventilated bottom. Then take regular boxes made of wooden planks or plywood, add sand and bury the bulbs. In the spring you will find that each bulb is "overgrown" with babies. Even if it was not possible to save an adult bulb in the winter, you will have a lot of planting material. Flowers will not grow out of children in the first year, but this way you can preserve your favorite and rare variety of flowers.
Storing gladiolus bulbs on the balcony
If the winter is not very cold and does not offer extremely low temperatures, then you can put the plants in a box on the balcony. To prevent the bulbs from freezing, they are wrapped in a cotton blanket or agrospam. You can also store them on an unheated covered balcony.
But the most difficult thing in such storage conditions is to maintain not only the temperature, but also the humidity level. To do this, each onion is dipped in a slurry of clay and water. To do this, these two components are taken in different proportions and mixed for a homogeneous slurry. After that, the planting material in a clay "cover" is additionally dried and spread on the sand.
To preserve roses, gladioli corms and dahlia tubers, you need to remember about simple rules:
- do not store dahlias and gladioli together
- provide plants with the required temperature and humidity
- regularly check and discard spoiled planting material.
If these conditions are met, "loss" will be small, and the gardener will be able to keep the valuable plant until spring.
You can find more information on FORUMHOUSE: about storing gladioli, storing dahlias in winter, read an article on how to make a great bouquet of summer flowers. Watch a video that teaches you how to successfully store seedlings before planting.