Seedling Care?

Arnold Trachtenberg via pbs
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:49:47 PST
It's a good question.
I've always been challenged with over summering SA bulbs.
I generally place them in a cool basement on shelves.
I think it has worked well.
My greenhouse gets to 110 F in summer even with a shade clothe attached.
I've lost some miniature Narcissus leaving them in the greenhouse during summer months.
I'd keep them growing as long as you can and then place in a cool spot for summer.
I'm sure there are other opinions out there which I would be glad to hear.
ArnoldNew Jersey
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Subject: [pbs] Seedling Care?

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?

OK, that was more than one question, but I'm sure many of our veteran growers can answer the whole thing in one or two sentences.

Thanks in advance!

Bob      Zone 7 where it's still a gloomy 36 degrees
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