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cold storage of lily bulbs necessary for re-bloom in spring?

Hi, I live in coastal Southern California (San Diego) and I believe our zone here is 9 or 10. Is it absolutely necessary for me to dig up my potted bulbs and store them in the fridge to get them to rebloom in the spring?

We have pretty mild and short winters here. Usually doesn't go below 45F, and it only reaches that low at night.

I've been kind of lazy about it and haven't dealt with them since October when the stalks started to dry up. I'm not sure if it's too late to do anything about it now.

If I do need to dig them up, what's the best way to store them and for how long? I read somewhere that storing them in moist peat moss in well ventilated bags would work, but I haven't been able to verify the source.

Thanks in advance.

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Lilies are more tolerant of heat than more northern bulbs, but I do believe they need a period of "rest" or 40-45F temps for about six weeks. Your description of storing them sounds good to me.

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