N. cantabricus flos.

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 13:56:36 PST
Kevin asked about nonflowering Narcissus cantabricus.

Perhaps they need more fertilizer, or a different kind. A dry summer 
rest is appropriate for this species, but they should not become 
desiccated, and in Los Angeles that might be happening even if the 
pots are in the shade. In nature they tend to grow in rocky ground 
where the bulbs are protected from excessive drying. Kevin, try 
covering your pots with rounds of styrofoam, that might help. Also, 
how often do you repot them? They should be lifted at least every 
second year and put in fresh gritty soil.

It's normal for the leaves to emerge in late fall. Depending on the 
subspecies, flowers will appear any time from November to February. 
My first one opened a couple of days ago. I grow them in a plunge 
frame in full sun, but it is much cooler here in summer than in 
southern California.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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