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Question: I'm dividing Watsonia and moving them to a new sunnier area. The foliage has died back to brown by now. When I plant the corms, do I water them in? It probably won't rain until October here. If I water them now am I obligated to keep watering them until the rains come?

Answer: Watsonia grow in the fall and winter so they should be planted (or transplanted) in late summer. Because they produce foliage in the fall, it's important to water them regularly. If you transplant now, be sure to supply water on a weekly basis until the rainy season. If you don't apply water the roots will dry out and the plants may die, or they may not produce blooms as expected.

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