Tigridia pavonia winter storage

hornig@usadatanet.net hornig@usadatanet.net
Sun, 21 Nov 2004 14:23:47 PST
I too bought an extra refrigerator.  Try to find an old clunker that is not
"frost free".  These maintain a more even temperature and humidity.  You
may have to defrost occasionally. Extra refrigerators come in handy around
Thanksgiving and Christmas, too, if you wipe out the loose peat moss and
stuff first. :-)

Re Tigridias: I store mine dry in the basement, which is generally cool
(50-60) and probably fairly humid.  Once they've dried out after harvest,
they can be put into a brown paper bag loosely enclosed in a plastic
grocery bag.
This seems to work fine.

Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
Oswego, NY USA

Original Message:
From: J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 16:36:43 -0500
To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [pbs] Tigridia pavonia winter storage

Hey, Jim!

Do what I did to try to preserve some domestic tranquillity:  Buy an extra 
refrigerator or two, just for plants.  It does help, except when I overflow 
my seeds, bulbs, pollen, etc. into the food fridge or freezer.

Jim Shields

At 04:28 PM 11/21/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>Dear All:
>Does anyone have a good method for winter storage of Tigridia pavonia in
>cold climates?
>All of the old books suggest that they be kept very dry during the winter.
>When I try that, I get crispy, nearly dead plants.
>In contrast to that, I've tried storing the freshly dug plump moist bulbs
>in zip lock bags in the refrigerator. This gave good results, but it was
>grievously offensive to the gods of domestic tranquility.
>Any other ideas?
>Jim McKenney

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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