Narcissus papyraceus

Leo A. Martin
Tue, 10 Nov 2009 13:36:58 PST
My paperwhite narcissus are sprouting in their bed, and it looks like
they'll be blooming before the end of the year. This is normal behavior
for them here in Phoenix. I planted them about 1986. They are the only
Narcissus I've tried that return here year after year after year.

I've collected self-set seed in years past but never gotten around to
sowing any. Does it need to be sown quickly? If not, how best to store it?
And how long does it retain viability? What is the best way to germinate
paperwhite narcissus seed? I found a brief and general mention of seed
growing in a document on the Daffodil Society page:

but wonder if there's more to it than this--stratification? When to sow?

If there would be any demand for the seed for the Bulb Exchange, I would
try to do some hand pollination and donate the seed. What say you?

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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