Meanwhile, prepare your storage
What do you need?
1. A breathable container (never use plastic or glass). I use cardboard boxes.
2. Storage medium: I enjoy great success with peat moss. But, open the package and ensure it is totally dry: there’s no sense storing a nicely cured bulb in moisture because it will rot. If it’s not dry, spread it out on some newspaper and allow it to air.
3. A pen for labelling the box. Clearly identify the bulb (and where you planted it, if it was in a good location).
Once bulbs and any clinging soil are dry, remove remaining the earth and gently take off the babies and separate the twins. Put a layer of peat moss on the bottom of the box, followed by well-spaced bulbs (touching can create moisture and mildew). Close the box.
Location, location, location
Choose a well-ventilated, dry storage area that will NEVER freeze and never get damp.
When the danger of frost has passed and your garden soil has warmed up, plant bulbs outside. Add a bit of bone meal for food, cover… Then? Enjoy!
Katharine Fletcher is a garden columnist, freelance writer and author who enjoys her organic gardens at her farm Spiritwood, in the Pontiac region of West Quebec.