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Re: chilling bulbs


Noreen,
Narcissus is a very large genus with something like 15 divisions.  Since we
were taking about chilling bulbs, I was only referring to those narcissi that
require chilling.  You grow the divisions that don't need it.  I can't grow
those except indoors.

Kitty

On Thu, 12 Dec 2002 11:07:49 EST TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:

> Hi Kitty, I find this interesting that
> Narcissus have one of the highest 
> chill times.  Here we are not able to grow any
> (at least not the ones I was 
> familiar with) of the bulbs you mentioned
> EXCEPT Narcissus without digging 
> and chilling in a frig.  The Narcissus
> naturalize fine, and come up even in 
> our mildest of winters.  In fact, we have not
> had any freezing temps yet, no 
> prolonged cold spells either,  and the
> Narcissus are all coming up like gang 
> busters.  I have several varieties w/ varying
> bloom times.
> 
> You mentioned in an earlier posting that
> certain bulbs don't tolerate heat in 
> summer, could this be the difference?   Also,
> bulbs are in the ground, our 
> ground never freezes or gets cold enough it
> seems to chill anything it seems.
> 
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> 
> In a message dated 12/11/2002 9:45:52 PM
> Central Standard Time, 
> kmrsy@earthlink.net writes:
> 
> 
> 
> 
> > Chilling times....
> > 
> > Crocus         15 weeks
> > Narcissus      15-17
> > Fritillaries    15
> > Chionodoxa      15
> > Muscari         13-15
> > Hyacinthus      11-14
> > Puschkinia       15
> > Iris            15
> > Scilla         15
> > Galanthus         15
> > Tulip           14-20
> > Eranthis       15
> > 
> > For a broad group like Narcissus, the
> varieties that bloom earliest
> > generally take the shorter cold period.
> 
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