Gordon Summerfield on Growing Bulbs

Robert Hamilton roberth6@mac.com
Tue, 14 Oct 2003 04:03:46 PDT
Thanks  Mary Sue,

  for sharing your enlightening experience with Gordon Summerfield.

I have a query  for Gordon and I  wonder  if  Lauw  will pass it on.

> Plants like Daubenya and Massonia need good light however. Good light, 
> but protection from the dew will reduce crown rot and fungal diseases. 
> Watering from the bottom will help as well.

This statement implies that   Daubenya and Massonia are grown under  
cover to  prevent dew  and  rainfall on the  leaves. This  being the 
case do  they  remain totally dry for the  summer  months ? If not  how 
often are they watered during dormancy ? What about watering management 
  for first and  second year  seedlings during  summer ? Do they  
tolerate the  same management as  mature  bulbs ?

Having just  watched the leaves on a  mature  Massonia echinata 
disappear from crown rot ,( we had  what amounts  to half  our years 
average annual rainfall during August and September ) , the under cover 
management appeals  to  me , as I  have quite a range of  first and  
second  year seedlings of both genera.

Thanks in anticipation.

Rob in Tasmania
Zone 9 equivalent

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