If you have ordered some summer flowering bulbs, corms or tubers. you will need to store them properly before the time and conditions are right to plant them. Below is a few notes from a GardenAdvice Expert supplier bulbs and beyond on storage and planting.
Canna: Will be delivered from mid March and should be stored in a dry place but NOT ventilated (just leave them in the box), ideally around 9/10 degrees C. Cannas can be planted when ground temperature is around 9/10 degrees C, usually from 1 April if there is no frost.
Dahlia: Will be delivered from mid March and should be stored frost-free in a cool, dry place (e.g. garage). Dahlias should also NOT be ventilated, as that would risk drying them out. They can be planted from 1 April as long as the ground is not frozen (a little light night frost after planting is not disastrous but generally better to avoid).
Gladiolus: Will be delivered from mid March and can be planted from end of March. If they need to be stored for a short while then keep them frost free around 8/9 degrees C.
Lily: Will be delivered from mid March and can be planted from end of March as long as there is no frost. Lilies should be stored frost-free at a temperature ideally not higher than 5 degrees C. Don’t let lilies dry out.
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia): Will be delivered from mid March and can be planted from 1 April (but not when ground is frozen). If they need to be stored then make sure they are well ventilated at around 9/10 degrees C (above 12 degrees C they will start to grow shoots). When being stored, Calla Lilies should be spread out so that they are not on top of each other as this would make them “sweat” and will cause them to dry out.
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