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Re: chilling bulbs/cannas

Marge is correct naturally.  But also remember that fruit in your fridge gives off some kind of gas (ethylene?) that will damage/deactivate your bulbs, so they make poor neighbors.  So my reading material says.  Fortunately most stuff is hardy here, so I don't have to store anything over winter.
Just bring in my lemon tree and peppers when it freezes, no biggie. 
 Only have two orders so far for cannas in Spring.
Any more takers?   Just e-mail me off list w/ snail mail address if you're interested.  Although I did get a fair number of y'all fixed up last year - LOL.
I LOVE this!


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 11 Dec 2002 01:40:51 -0500

>I may be wrong here, as I've never tried to store bulbs in a home
>fridge, but think I recall reading somewhere that this is not really
>a good thing to do.  You'd be better off potting them up and putting
>them in a place just about freezing or above for winter...or plunging
>the pots outside (best thing to do).  Then, in spring, you can just
>plant the pots out as a group of bulbs into their permanent home. 
>Most spring flowering bulbs are building roots all winter and start
>growing long before they surface, so need the time to do this, which
>is why they are planted in the fall.
>I dug up a bunch of crocus in one of my wooden half barrels in early
>Nov. and found they had new root growth about 2" long....just stuck
>them back in the soil...but that goes to show what they're busy doing
>underground when we think it's too cold to do anything.
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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>> From: Theresa- yahoo <tchessie@yahoo.com>
>> How long can you leave bulbs in the refrigerator?  I have lost my
>> picking out bulbs from Brent and Becky's and know I'll never get
>them all
>> planted with winter- so can I leave them in the fridge until next
>spring and
>> plan them then?
>> Theresa
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