When to start watering--Second time around

Douglas Westfall eagle85@flash.net
Fri, 03 Oct 2003 10:06:39 PDT
Mary Sue IttnerDoug Westfall msittner@mcn.org1111 Claiborne Dr. Long Beach,

> Dear All,

Here in "mild" (except for the heat wave that we had this summer) So.
California, I keep seedling Scadoxus, Haemanthus, and Hippeastrum growing
just as long as possible - often 2 - 3 years. past that time, I mark every
species with a "begin foliage" date and start with a first watering sometime
in the month before that date. Then, I begin a "normal" watering pattern
with the emerging of the leaf or flower. I use 1/4 strength liquid
fertilizer with about 80% of the waterings.

I also find that "off season" watering (ie. summer) is helpful, beneficial,
and realistic.

This plan does call for careful "watching." The result for me is that my
bulbs are healthier and I am having more blooms than ever before. My
seedlings are also growing much faster and more successfully.

Doug Westfall

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