When to start watering/blooming now

Peter Taggart petersirises@gmail.com
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:10:02 PDT
I believe that the important thing is not to water until the weather cools
down - or at least until the temperatures fluctuate between day and night.
Hot and wet = rot in many winter growing 'bulbs'. In cool Summers this
problem may not apply and so watering early will simply start off early

I do believe in damping down pots in very dry Summer conditions, It is very
important to remember that this is not the same as wetting the bulbs with
an autumnal soak.
Peter (UK)

On Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM, Mary Sue Ittner <msittner@mcn.org> wrote:

> Many years ago on this list we had a discussion about when to start
> watering winter growing bulbs. In California it usually doesn't start
> to rain as early as it does in other Mediterranean areas and often
> the fall months are warm and sunny. For those of us who live in
> coastal climates these days may be even warmer than in summer when we
> often have wind or fog. It seemed reasonable to wait to start
> watering the native bulbs until it started to rain, but what about
> those from other countries where it would have rained earlier in the
> season. If they started into growth early, how would they do if it
> got really warm.
> winter growers are well up or appearing. So for me I think it is
> probably wise to water early so that fall bloomers have a chance to
> grow big enough and bloom before the weather gets cold and wet. This
> might not hold true for areas of California with warmer temperatures.

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