Rain at last??/When to start watering

IntarsiaCo@aol.com IntarsiaCo@aol.com
Mon, 18 Oct 2004 03:58:24 PDT
In a message dated 10/17/2004 7:09:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
totototo@pacificcoast.net writes:
>Dry, dormant bulbs are not 
>going to enjoy a sudden bath, being unable to cope with their sudden 
>access to water; better to let the soil gradually become damp, as 
>they will if a saucer is placed under them to catch the runoff.

I respectully disagree.  As Ian Young discussed in his lectures yesterday to 
the tri-state NARGS meeting, generally, sometime in early September his pots 
are flooded with water, followed by a similar flooding in early October.  
Subsequently, watering is done in proportion to the amount of top growth showing in 
the pot. This regime is similar to the one I use for winter growers except 
that for most western US species I now wait until the end of the year to water.
Mark Mazer
Intarsia Ltd.
Gaylordsville, Connecticut 06755-0142
USDA Zone 5
Giant Schnauzer Rescue

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