Ipheion sellowiana

John T Lonsdale john@johnlonsdale.net
Sat, 14 Apr 2007 04:46:16 PDT
Very interesting, thanks Tony.  I'm going to get all mine together today and
keep them moister until they really cry out for a dryer period.  I've not
tried that, I tend to stop watering them when the narcissus they are with go
down, and that will be within the next month or so.


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I haven't kept good notes on their dormancy period, but seem to recall 
that they keep foliage most of the summer.

John T Lonsdale wrote:
> "We only turn the irrigation on in this region in the summer months when 
> it gets very dry...say, no rain in 7-10 days, but it gets all natural 
> rainfall, which could easily be 6-8" in big storm.  Moisture has not 
> proven to be a problem with Nothoscordum sellowianum."
> Thanks Tony.  Alberto Castillo always said that these plants prefer some
> moisture when dormant, it actually helps them as they have perennial
> I still have a natural aversion to keeping dormant bulbs moist during the
> summer, especially when potted, but this is further evidence (I wasn't
> doubting you Alberto!) that it could be a good thing for these fellows.
> Keeping the plants dry like the major part of my bulb collection certainly
> doesn't kill the bulbs but they do seem to take a long time to get going
> each year.
> When do yours go dormant and when do they green up again?

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