First watering for fall growing bulbs

Jane McGary
Tue, 06 Sep 2005 07:58:25 PDT
Jim McK asked
>Do others follow a strict schedule in starting to water fall blooming
>Crocus, Colchicum and other fall bloomers? If so, when and why?

I have some bulbs I water a bit right through the summer, and that includes 
certain crocuses and colchicums.

I do the main fall watering, including xeric species, at the onset of fall 
rains here, or (if the rains are late) when the daytime temperatures drop 
below about 75 F. The principle is that bulbs not from summer-rain areas 
should not be hot and wet at the same time.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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