Bessera elegans

Mary Sue Ittner
Fri, 20 Oct 2006 19:17:20 PDT

All I can tell you is my experience.  I've moved mine to our unheated 
greenhouse in winter and left the pot dry until spring when I start 
watering again. Most years that has resulted in blooms although there was 
one year they didn't come up. This year bloom was  late but all the corms 
bloomed. So they can survive a dry dormancy, but I don't know if that is 
what they want. I have a faint memory that I tried to make these winter 
growers early on when I didn't know when they grew and that resulted in my 
losing all my seedlings. My greenhouse gets down to almost freezing at 
night, but is warm during the day so my dormant corms get a range of 

Mary Sue
>Can anyone give more detailed suggestions about overwintering this 
>splendid plant and the pot full of bulbs.  Should it be allowed to totally 
>dry out, or should I just barely keep it moist.  If I keep it dry, is it 
>okay to have the bulbs experience normal (warm) indoor temperatures of 
>about 72 F?

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