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How to Store Daylily Bulbs for Winter

By Annie Mueller ; Updated September 21, 2017

After harvesting your daylily bulbs, it's important to store them correctly to prevent them from mold or rot, and to keep them from rooting and sending out new growth before they are planted in the spring. Fortunately, it's easy to do things right.

Remove excess dirt from the bulbs by shaking them gently. Dislodge any stubborn pieces with your hands.

Place the bulbs in mesh bag. The bigger the bag, the more bulbs you can store in it, but you still want to have air circulation so don't overfill. Leave plenty of room.

Store the daylily bulbs for winter in a cool, dry location. Humidity is the enemy, so be wary of dryer vents and wet basements. The ideal temperature is above freezing but no warmer than 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hang the bags in the storage location. Check them once every few days for signs of dampness or mold. If any bulbs become moldy, remove them and discard. Move the other bulbs to a clean mesh bag to prevent the mold from spreading.


Things You Will Need

  • Mesh bags


  • For mesh bags, save the produce bags that hold potatoes and onions, or purchase lingerie bags (used to protect delicate items in the washing machine) at a dollar store or supermarket.

About the Author


Annie Mueller is a professional writer and blogger. Since 2003 she has written extensively on small business, finances, parenting, education and personal growth, and has been published on Financial Edge and many other websites. Mueller attended Missouri Baptist College and earned her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in English from Mississippi State University.