Storing bulbs is important for their longevity and flowering success. If you have recently purchased bulbs and they are in their packaging (typically a brown bag or something similar) you can store them in a cool dry place until you are ready to plant them.
There are a few steps to follow if you are storing bulbs that you have dug up from the ground to keep for replanting. Wash the bulbs so they are free of dirt and allow them to dry out in a shaded place. If the bulbs have any spots they should be tossed because that is typically a sign of disease or infection.
All bulbs should be stored in a well-ventilated area with temperatures averaging between 50 and 60 degrees – your basement or garage should work for this. Warm temperatures and direct sunlight will damage your bulbs, so keep this in mind.
There are a few exceptions to these rules. A few bulbs like dahlia, caladium, begonia and canna, require certain moisture levels while being stored. To help them you’ll want to keep the soil on them while storing them but wash them just before planting them.