?Rhodophiala bifida

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Fri, 07 Sep 2007 16:03:38 PDT
I don't know what the year round climate is in Argentina where they are 
native to. But I grew up about 5 miles away from the wild fields where 
Scott Ogden, author of Garden Bulbs for the
South and who now lives in the same area as well, says that the 
triploid version first appeared from bulbs imported from Argentina and 
abandoned back in the 1800s. I wish I knew the specific area where this 
is because it would be quite the sight to see them all in full bloom. 
Also, the city of Austin, Texas has almost but not quite overtaken that 
whole area with developments.
Anyway, Austin gets about 32 inches of rain per year mostly spread out 
throughout the year. There is a peak in May and another peak in 
October, but no month averages less than about 2 inches. In practice 
however, there can be a month or two or more with no rain followed by 
periods of lots of rain, randomly through the year. It's relentlessly 
hot (mid-90s F.) and fairly humid (50-70%) all summer long. Winters are 
very similar to those in California, except for the occasional arctic 
blast that can drop the nighttime temperatures into the teens 
Fahrenheit for a night or three. This can happen once a winter or so. 
(Which is why oranges and avocados can't be grown all over Texas like 
they can in California. Unless you can find those obscure extremely 
cold-resistant varieties...).

So I don't think Robert is wrong in watering his pot all year long, 
even when dormant.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a

On Sep 7, 2007, at 12:08 PM, robertwerra@pacific.net wrote:

> To all,  Rightly or wrongly, I water my pot of Rhodophiala all year 
> long.  Bob Werra

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