Daffodil longevity

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Sun, 15 Aug 2004 08:44:26 PDT
Dave Karnstedt, who breeds and grows daffodils, wrote,
Too, 'Sweetness,' as a jonquil, is far more likely to survive and multiply 
>the years than is the 1 Y-Y.  These big trumpet daffodils tend to be a bit
>fussy and require conditions quite to their liking to be long lived and 
>well from year to year.

I didn't realize that hybrid daffodils had particular longevity problems in 
the ordinary garden, although this problem is what led me to give up on 
tall bearded iris hybrids. Dave's statement makes me wonder if this is why 
I can't keep 'Passionale', which is a beautiful large "pink" daffodil. Are 
there other daffodil cultivars that are known to be short-lived once they 
get out of their coddled nursery lifestyle?

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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