Answer: Once the foliage has died down, the bulbs go into a resting phase. During this dormancy period they do not need water. You can store your bulbs in the containers - no water required - until regular fall-planting time, or you can dig and store them in a cool, dark place (again, no water required) until this fall when it's time to replant them. If you leave the bulbs in the pots, just move the pots out where they'll get natural rainfall and they will sprout and bloom on schedule for you.
I, too, have dozens of bulbs planted in pots which I place in prominent places when they're in bloom and then move to an out of the way place when they look shop-worn. I don't water all summer, but in October I do place them in a spot where they'll receive natural rainfall. They come back beautifully each spring. Every 3-4 years I unpot them (they can become crowded), and repot in fresh potting soil.
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