overwintering lily bulbs
So, I find myself in a bit of a quandary.
I started growing lilies in crates a few years ago. I overwinter the crates in my garage. The last few years I have staggered bloom by 1)bringing out the trays at different times; 2)putting some crates in shadier areas to try to delay bloom; and 3) planting my new bulbs in succession, after the crates have been brought out.
Of the three, the last is really the only thing that makes much difference. (The lilies start growing in the garage whether I bring them out or not, so I can't delay much just using that method.)
However, I've reached the point (for now) that I most likely will not be buying many new bulbs. I had planned to dig up my existing bulbs and overwinter in a fridge, and then succession plant to get staggered bloom.
But now I read that lily bulbs cannot really be overwintered like that. Uh-oh...
I've seen references to having bulbs delivered at staggered times - so how do the big bulb growers hold them?
Any suggestions or ideas? I did do a search on this forum, and interestingly there was one thread where *I* answered someone's else's question, lol - and basically said the same methods I do above. But now that I don't want to add new bulbs I'm not sure what to do.
Thanks for any help!