Leucojum vernum; was RE: Narcissus 'February Gold'

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Wed, 10 Jan 2007 07:29:47 PST
Jay Yourch wrote: "Now that I am sure that I don't have L. vernum, maybe
that's the one to try next..."


When you do, Jay, be aware of one peculiarity of Leucojum vernum: its bulbs
respond to drying very poorly. 


Decades ago this species appeared infrequently in local retail nursery
autumnal bulb displays. I tried them several years in a row, always with the
same results: not one bulb grew.


My present stock of this species derives from a purchase of fifty bulbs in
the late 1980s. I obtained them from a local retail nursery on the day they
were unpacked from their supplier. The bulbs looked sound and showed no
obvious signs of desiccation. 


I took them home, soaked them briefly, and planted them immediately. Out of
the fifty, about ten survived of which maybe five grew well. Those are the
ones I still have.  


Freshly dug or properly stored bulbs are the way to go with this one - or
seed if you can get it.


Jim McKenney


Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where the Lachenalia are
still providing lots of color and interest.

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