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Old 03-01-2018, 01:33 PM
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Last season I spent days digging up the flowerbed at the side of my house. It was all weeds and bulb plants, mostly tiger (ditch) lilies and completely overgrown. I spent hours on my knees on a piece of cardboard digging milkweed roots and bulbs, bulbs, and more bulbs. I had just moved into the house and wasn't sure what a lot of the bulbs were. I had some gladiolus, some daffodils of every variety, a couple of colors of canna lily, and I really don't even know what else. I saved some things I wanted and moved them elsewhere, shared with two friends in the next state, and still have bags and bags of bulbs - not to mention bulb plants coming up outside!!!!

The reason for digging them all up was that they were hiding, on the sunny south side of the house, rosebushes in lovely colors that were getting no sun. So I revealed the roses, all of which are doing well considering it's February. However, the bags of bulbs are sprouting! They're sprouting in my shed in newspaper in plastic bags and I have lots of them and don't know what they are or where to give them away. I'll have to figure something out or someone here will give me a great suggestion.

In the meantime, I have a plastic bag that spent the winter on the floor of my unheated porch and is sprouting green growth. The bulbs are very large and healthy and I don't want to plant them outdoors, but can I keep them in water or a dish or something in here? Please tell me what to do so they can bloom while I'm looking for homes for them.
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Old 03-01-2018, 03:06 PM
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Lucky you! I love tiger lilies.

Keep them cool, dry, dark and not in a plastic bag to store them, else plant them in pots to let them grow and bloom.
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:44 PM
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I see a lot forced in water - can i do that with any bulb? If I potted them all, I wouldn't have enough room in the house. I wanted something temporary.

BTW, plastic bags have holes in them and are not closed at the top. I wanted to store them, not kill them. I just never tried to get them to grow indoors.
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:47 AM
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put them out by the road with a 'free' sign.
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Old 03-02-2018, 11:30 AM
Location: North Idaho
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You don't want them, see if there is a local garden club.

You can put them on craigslist or free cycle. I bought 200 purple iris bulbs from a lady that advertised them on Craigslist, 20 for a dollar, so gardeners will pay a small amount, even for mystery bulbs. Many gardeners will be able to tell what they are by looking at them.

Another suggestion would be to take them to the senior center with a "free" sign.

If you lived near me, I'd come and pick them up, but you must not be close by because I've still got a foot of snow, so no bulbs starting to grow here, yet.
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Old 03-02-2018, 11:55 AM
Location: at the foothills of the cascades, washington
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you could always plant them around town in various locations. you know, a bit of guerilla gardening
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