Seedling Care?

Jane McGary via pbs
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:25:44 PST
I find it best to keep first-year seedlings moist as long as they show 
no signs of withering. If they do go dormant, do not place them with 
mature dry-summer bulbs. Instead, cover them with something that will 
retard drying (I use an upside-down flat with a grid bottom) and put 
them in the shade.

I don't grow South African species, but some of my South American 
species and also some Narcissus don't go fully dormant as young 
seedlings, and of course Lilium species are summer growers. I keep them 
on a plant stand on a covered patio, and water them every few days along 
with the permanently potted plants and non-bulbous seedlings. I assume 
Bob is also growing tropicals and/or orchids, hence the daily misting.

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

On 1/22/2021 8:19 AM, Robert Lauf via pbs wrote:
> I received a bunch of seeds of summer-dormant species from the SX and other nice ones from Gastil, and all have germinated marvelously.  They include Brunsvigia, Boophone, Massonia, Veltheimia, and numerous Lachenalias.  They are currently thriving in my cool greenhouse.
> My question:  When summer comes, because they are small, should I let them grow through the first summer or should I withhold water and let them go dormant?  If they go dormant, should I move them to the Dry Table of Death until fall, along with the Urgineas and the adult Lachenalias, or should I give them a brief rest and start them back into growth a little earlier?  If I keep them growing over the summer, would it be advisable to move them out of the greenhouse to avoid the daily misting so they don't stay too wet?
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