How to Care for Flower Bulbs


Bulb plants are a favorite among gardeners because they provide several years of color and visual interest to the landscape. The best bulb plants require care each year to ensure years of healthy blooms. After the blossoms have faded, it is time to dig up your bulbs and store them until fall, when they will go back into the ground.

Step 1

Lift the bulbs from the ground using a spading fork.

Step 2

Wash away soil and debris from each bulb.

Step 3

Place the washed bulbs in a cool, shaded place to dry.

Step 4

Fill a storage container with peat moss.

Step 5

Place the washed and dried bulbs in the peat moss-filled container. Make sure the bulbs are separated with a layer of peat moss between each bulb.

Step 6

Store the container in a cool, dark area until it is time to plant again.

Things You'll Need

  • Mature bulb flowers
  • Spading fork
  • Warm water
  • Peat moss
  • Storage container


  • University of Illinois Extension: Bulbs and More:
Keywords: Digging Bulbs, After Bloom Care, Bulb Storage

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Leah Deitz has been writing alternative health and environmental-related articles for five years. She began her writing career at a small newspaper covering city politics but turned to environmental concerns after beginning her freelance career. When she is not exploring the trails and outdoors of the East Coast, Deitz writes for a number of websites including, and Associated Content.