Effective Ways to Store Bulbs During Summer Season

Summer is the season where we want to enjoy the sunny outdoors, but it can also be a challenging time for our garden bulbs. Many types of bulbs will not survive in hot and dry conditions, so storing them over summer is essential if you want to keep your garden blooming year after year.

What are Bulbs?

Before we dive into how to store bulbs over summer let’s first take a look at what they are. Bulbs are underground storage structures that plants use to preserve nutrients during periods when above-ground growth is impossible. They come in many shapes and sizes, including daffodils, tulips, lilies, onions, garlics among others.

When should you Store your Bulbs?

If you live in an area with a warm climate or experience hot summers; then it’s best to dig up your bulbs before the heat sets in. You should do this immediately after the flowers die back or once their leaves have turned yellow-brown as this indicates that they have finished their life cycle and need some rest before producing new growth again.


For tulips specifically dig them up as soon as their petals fall off which typically falls between mid-May and early June depending on where you live.


For daffodils wait until six weeks after flowering has ended so that enough time has elapsed for energy from photosynthesis accumulated by the foliage goes down into corms readying them for next year’s production

Cleaning Your Bulbs Before Storage

Once you’ve dug up your bulbs clean them thoroughly using a soft brush or cloth making sure all soil debris is removed both from inside and outside of each bulb. This helps prevent rotting during storage

Avoid Using Water To Clean Your Bulbs

Avoid using water to clean them as this can create an environment for fungus growth which could lead to rotting.

Storage Methods For Your Bulbs

Now that you have your bulbs cleaned it’s time for storage. There are several methods of storing your bulbs over the summer months, depending on the type of bulb and how much space you have at home.

A) Store in Net Bags

This is a quick and easy way to store small bulbs like garlic, onions or lilies. Place them in net bags then hang them up in a cool, dry spot such as your garage or attic until autumn when its time to plant again.

B) Paper Bag Method

Put each group of cleaned bulbs in a paper bag with some peat moss; ensure they don’t touch each other inside the bag. Then place these bags in dark areas with good air circulation until autumn


Storing bulbs over summer might seem daunting but following our tips above makes it quite easy. When properly stored, they will remain healthy and ready for replanting come fall giving you and your garden joy year after year!

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