Help!!! I'm moving.

Boyce Tankersley
Tue, 24 Jun 2003 08:49:21 PDT
Hi Jennifer:

Welcome to the Midwest.

I store the bulbs that can tolerate some level of frost in my garage. It is unheated but attached to the house. I have a basement for dormant bulbs that can take no freeze at all. However most of my non-hardy bulbs are winter growers and they occupy a room with good eastern and southern natural sunlight.

The last time we moved (from Missouri to Illinois), the transfer company put the trailer containing all of our belongings into a large building and then froze it to kill any pests. It is apparently a 'normal' procedure for moves within the Midwest. Never found out what kind of pests they were trying to kill. We moved in November so all of my hardy plants were basically dormant and came through OK. The non-hardies we moved in our car.

Not sure if they will do that with your belongings or not but it would be good to ask.

Boyce Tankersley

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Sent: Monday, June 23, 2003 7:18 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Help!!! I'm moving.

Hi everyone,

Since Mary Sue will be out of town for the next week, we won't have her very 
lively comments and friendly prods to the rest of us to keep the messages 
flowing.  So I thought this would be a good time to usurp the list for my own 
selfish purposes!

I'm going to be moving in very early August to Nebraska.  I was hoping that you 
all might have some good moving tips.  Thank heavens a good number of bulbs are 
dormant now!  I was planning to pack dormant pots in a box with packing 
peanuts, but if anyone has a better idea, please, send it along!  As for the 
live plants... I'm open to any and all suggestions!  Peter and I (and our two 
cats and many fish) will make the drive in 3 days, but the movers will take 
anywhere from 4-8.  Any suggestions for helping my plants to survive the move?

Also, I'd love it if anyone had tips for growing in Nebraska (or similar 
zones).  I know that some of our members grow under lights.  I'm going to have 
to adopt that system, as I'll be renting a house for the first year.  Putting 
up a greenhouse is therefore out of the question.  I know that some of you grow 
under lights - can anyone recommend a good source for growing lights (think 
CHEAP!)?  Any tips for setting up a grow light system?  How do you determine 
how long to leave the lights on?  How close should the lights be to the 

I'm also wondering about growing bulbs in pots in NE.  I know that bulbs in 
pots get much colder than they would if grown in the ground.  Will I need to 
bring even my hardier bulbs indoors for winter?  

My plants and I would appreciate all the help we can get!
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