Suitable narcissus for Milder Climates

patty allen
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:00:39 PDT
Chinese Sacred Lily - Single Campernelle - Avalanche - Erlicheer - Grand Primo - Italicus - Sir Watkins and Sulphur Phoenix all do well in the Houston area. As previously stated, a lot of Bill Welch's offerings do well here also.
I've been growing all these items since around 1987 and they multiply and bloom well.



-----Original Message-----
>From: Lee Poulsen <>
>Sent: Apr 13, 2016 12:23 PM
>To: PBS Society <>
>Subject: Re: [pbs] Suitable narcissus for Milder Climates
>A couple of good sources for Narcissus and other bulbs that will do well in Texas is Southern Bulbs <>. They look for old heirloom bulbs that have grown in Texas for decades, as well as testing some others that should also do well in Texas. It looks like they only have the spring growing stuff listed on their website at the moment. But they do carry a number of Narcissus and other fall-planted bulbs that do well in Texas, too.
>As for all kinds of amazing hybrid Narcissus that prefer mild winter climates, you have to check out Bill the Bulb Baron’s offerings <>. I know for a fact that all of the heirloom varieties he offers will do well in Texas. But he has made so many other improved hybrids based on those heirlooms, that I bet those would do well in Texas as well.
Patty Allen
>--Lee Poulsen
>Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
>Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m
>> On Apr 13, 2016, at 9:23 AM, Boyce Tankersley <> wrote:
>> In general, Narcissus in the sections tazetta, jonquilla and poeticus
>> require less chilling and will work in southern climates.  I planted a
>> selection of each in my sister-in-laws raised bed in Fredericksburg, Texas
>> about 4 years ago and they have done well.  
>> On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 11:02 AM, Judy Glattstein <> wrote:
>>> Suit, the paper white narcissus, which are popular as indoor, winter
>>> flowering, need no chilling bulbs for forcing, would likely be more
>>> suitable in your Houston climate.
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