Daubenya aurea (red) dormancy

Susan Clark susanemailclark@gmail.com
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:25:39 PST
Hi everyone,

Most of my South African bulb pots are now in dormancy so I have begun
 sorting them out for dry storage over our Summer. We’d had a dry spell
which had been great for bulb ripening, but recently the weather has
regressed to being wetter with some unseasonably cooler nights. I have
found after unearthing some pots that some of the Hesperantha vaginata  in
particular appear to be starting up again with swelling corms and new root
development. Also my Daubenya seedling pots are showing some new shoots,
plus what looks like fresh rootlets on the bulbs in another pot. The
Daubenya germinated in June and grew strongly until September when the
leaves withered away. Likewise, the Hesperantha vaginata plants, some of
which flowered for the first time in August, had died down by the end of
September. I’m wondering if I have been caught out with not keeping these
pots dry enough earlier on to ensure dormancy? And, what is the best way
forward with the Daubenya in particular?

Kind regards,
Susan Clark
Hibiscus Coast, New Zealand, Zone 10b
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