How much water and when to stop?

My bulbs are doing nicely but at some point I know they will want to rest for the summer without much moisture, just like they would in the wild. The question is when to stop the water.

I've been watering through the bloom, feeling that in pots on my porch they wouldn't have as much access to ground moisture as they would in the wild. So far, so good. When the blooms fade and any leaves start turning brown I intend to stop watering and put the pots in the side yard until next year. I'm only intuiting that this is the right thing to do.

- Posted at great expense from my iPhone


  1. Have you checked with the Pacific Bulb Society? http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/HowToGrowBulbs

  2. I followed the link you suggested and found the following:

    "Once the growing season has started, let the top of the soil dry out a bit between waterings.... But do not let the soil ever get completely dry while the bulb is in growth. As a general rule, a heavy soaking once a week is usually about right.... Experiment."

    This sounds close to what I am doing. Factors that affect my seat of the pants approach: I use clay pots which lose more moisture than plastic, the bulbs are all in their native range, but we've had lighter than normal winter rains, I'm defining growth as through the end of flowering.