narcissus bulb fly

Linda Wallpe
Tue, 30 Oct 2007 10:55:39 PDT
Rodger -

I'd suggest that most of the Cyclamineus hybrids are early bloomers, before
the bulb fly hatches.
Therefore, cultivars such as 'Dove Wings' escape, whereas later bloomers
such as the triandrus cultivars 'Liberty Bells' and 'Thalia' do not.

The bulb fly thrives in the Midwest.
Daffodil fanciers have been known to stalk them with butterfly nets and then
stomp on them gleefully.
And to fill gallon jugs with sand to pour down the hole as the foliage dies
back .
But we're not obsessed.

Linda Wallpe
Cincinnati, Ohio

> From:
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Amaryllis Trouble
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
> Narcissus flies, the greater and the lesser. They are pervasive here
> in Victoria, BC, Canada,............................
> All members of the Amaryllidaceae are subject to their depredations,
> but some much more so than others.
   Cyclamineus hybrid narcissus (e.g.
> 'Dove Wings') seem to be resistant, but the triandrus hybrids (e.g.
> 'Thalia' and 'Liberty Bells') disappear in one season. >..................
> -- 
> Rodger Whitlock
> Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

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