Hi, 2 years ago I had some Albuca seedlings, they started fine under lights, and did well when I first put them outdoors. I also germinated various Protea species over the winter, just to see what would happen. The Albuca seemed pitifully small and I didn't let them go dormant; I gave them bits of water over the summer--keeping them on the dry side. I would add 2-3 tablespoons of water to the pot every day or two. They got a few hours of morning sun, but nothing after 11:00 a.m. Of course the Protea species nearly all died, they were a wonderful demonstration of how different this climate is from their native climate. The Albuca started dying about mid- to late-July. They clearly had fungal problems, but I was surprises as they got little water in the soil. I concluded there was more water in the pumice at the bottom of the pot than I had realized. So, I'm thinking the best thing t do is grow them indoors where air conditioning modifies the temperature and reduces the humidity a bit. I did look up relative humidity ratings and was not surprised to find Houston at the top of the list along with New Orleans, Omaha, and Orlando. Houston even beat Orlando in nighttime relative humidity. I'm having great fun experimenting with these plants, but I wonder if the "first summer" problem happens for others growing summer dormant bulbs. LINK: Relative Humidity of some American Cities http://www.cityrating.com/relativehumidity.asp Cordially, Joe, zone 9, we haven't had frost since Feb. 7 when it was 27 F.