Longevity in Narcissus cultivars

Angela and Dean Offer angelasgarden@bigpond.com
Mon, 28 Nov 2005 00:34:01 PST
Sorry I tried to email you direct.  If you want to talk to me I can send you
heaps of bulbs, split, pheasants eye whatever, can't get past your junk mail

----- Original Message -----
From: <lwallpe@juno.com>
To: <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 7:07 AM
Subject: [pbs] Longevity in Narcissus cultivars

> Kathy -
> While you may have ideal conditions for many daffodils to thrive, rare is
the person that has ideal conditions for all 13 divisions.
> For instance, 'Dreamlight' and 'Goose Green' are both division 3 and
undoubtably have division 9 genes in their background.  Division 9's are
poeticus cultivars, the Pheasant eye types. These may be difficult divisions
for you to grow, even in the foothills.
> On the other hand, Division 8, Tazetta cultivars, do great in your region
and you have a marvelous hybridizer named Bill Welsh in Carmel that
specializes in them.
> Division 1, Trumpets, are early bloomers and probably will thrive.  My
guess is that most division 2 Large-cupped,  div. 7 Jonquilla cultivars,
div. 10 Bulbocodium cultivars and div. 11 Split-Coronas  would do okay.
Division 6, cyclamineus cultivars, generally do not like the soil to ever
totally dry out and may not be a good choice.
> So, the trick is to grow those that are good do-ers in your climate.  You
might check out the website of the American Daffodil Society for more
information, including any local societies.
> Linda Wallpe
> Cincinnati, zone 6a
> From: "Kathy Stokmanis" <vikingdoc@earthlink.net>
> I understand that many of the newer cultivars of Narcissus are not
perennial in the home garden, fading after the first or a few years.  How do
the developers of these Narcissus grow them to maturity and what can I do to
maximize the chances of their return? Some of the cultivars that I recently
obtained are Barbie Doll, Dreamlight, Goose Green, Ring of Fire, etc.
Currently most are in pots awaiting our move to our foothill property.  Very
free-draining mixture, kept very dry during the summer.  It does hover near
freezing at night to provide winter chilling for all but the Pheasant Eye
types (and I am even trying those--we'll see this spring).  My climate is
almost ideal for daffodils, with hot dry summers and mild, wet winters.
> Kathy Stokmanis
> Zone 8/9, wet, mild winters, hot, long dry summers.
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