I dither on the question of summer-watering. I keep the bulbs out of direct sun in the greenhouse, which is well-ventilated and not blazingly hot. Usually I've left them to themselves; this particularly hot and dry summer I gave them a pretty good watering a couple of times. Results? Indistinguishable, except the dry regimen seemed quite bad for Rhodophiala bifida. At the moment, lots of bloom and lush growth. Jim Jones Lexington, MA -----Original Message----- From: David Retief <email@example.com> To: pbs <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 7:57 am Subject: Re: [pbs] storing winter-growing bulbs during dormancy Hi Guys, I have a question I can't seem to get an answer for online... When storing winter-growing bulbs from the South African Cape Province, do I need to wet them occasionally in summer, or can I just leave them dry on shelves until they are planted again in autumn? Last year I left some bulbs dry, and they were fine, sprouting strongly when watered again in autumn. I was also wondering if it is recommended to dust bulbs with sulphur or some fungicide, or is this not necessary when storage conditions are dry? Thanks, David. PS: I guess I should take my cue from summer rains? :).