Very interesting, thanks Tony. I'm going to get all mine together today and keep them moister until they really cry out for a dryer period. I've not tried that, I tend to stop watering them when the narcissus they are with go down, and that will be within the next month or so. J. John T Lonsdale PhD 407 Edgewood Drive, Exton, Pennsylvania 19341, USA Home: 610 594 9232 Cell: 484 678 9856 Fax: 801 327 1266 Visit "Edgewood" - The Lonsdale Garden at http://www.edgewoodgardens.net/ USDA Zone 6b John: I haven't kept good notes on their dormancy period, but seem to recall that they keep foliage most of the summer. John T Lonsdale wrote: > "We only turn the irrigation on in this region in the summer months when > it gets very dry...say, no rain in 7-10 days, but it gets all natural > rainfall, which could easily be 6-8" in big storm. Moisture has not > proven to be a problem with Nothoscordum sellowianum." > > Thanks Tony. Alberto Castillo always said that these plants prefer some > moisture when dormant, it actually helps them as they have perennial roots. > I still have a natural aversion to keeping dormant bulbs moist during the > summer, especially when potted, but this is further evidence (I wasn't > doubting you Alberto!) that it could be a good thing for these fellows. > Keeping the plants dry like the major part of my bulb collection certainly > doesn't kill the bulbs but they do seem to take a long time to get going > each year. > > When do yours go dormant and when do they green up again?