i have gone overboard in the purchasing of asiatic and oriental lilies this year, and bloom has begun. it's glorious!!! however, these are all planted in large pots for this summer. my dilemma is what to do with them once the summer season is over.
obviously, i could dig them into the ground once the bloom is finished. this is a problem insofar as it will be such a major amount of work (there are fifty -- yep, 50 -- pots), and i would absolutely have to cage them all to prevent critters munching on them over the winter. it's do-able, but i'm not thrilled with the idea.
does anyone know how to store lily bulbs thru the cold months? the growers/suppliers of lily bulbs must do something to store them until they sell them to idiots like me. refrigerate the naked bulbs? what temp? or cut off foliage after it dies down and store in the soil-filled pots in a frost-free but cold garage? would they then need watering? how often?
any thoughts or advise would be greatly appreciated!
roxanna (zone 5 central MA)