storing winter-growing bulbs during dormancy

James L. Jones
Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:21:18 PDT
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

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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?


PS: I guess I should take my cue from summer rains? :).


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