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Re: chilling bulbs

Thanks Kitty, you're a wealth of info.  Appreciate it.  
This explains a lot.  The ones you mentioned are the ones sold here, and the 
ones that are doing so well for me.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 12/12/2002 8:54:13 PM Central Standard Time, 
kmrsy@earthlink.net writes:

> I pulled out Brent & Becky's Daffodil Book.  They have a section called
> "Cultivation Recommendations by Region".  It looks like they suggest the
> same varieties for the Southeast and the Southwest, with additional caveats
> for each area.  They say:
> (paraphrased) " The Southeast is a good area for growing some tiypes of
> daffodils, ideal for others, and poor for a few types. Iy's ideal for the
> tender tazetta types...as well as for any other types from warmer regions
> like jonquilla relatives and some species bulbs....Early blomers tend to do
> pretty well because growth activity peaks when temp is cooler...foliage has
> time to rejuvenate the sugars stored in the bulb while still relatively
> cool.  Generally speaking, the trumpets, poeticus, doubles, and whites
> (except jonquilla and tazetta types do not fare well in the
> Southeast....Most other dafs do well if provide good drainage and summer
> shading...avoid basal rot by making sure they don't stay wet...Our
> customers in the Deep South (Z8-9) tell us that Carlton, Gigantic Star, and
> St. Keverne are the best big yellows there, whereas most large yellows
> wither away in the heat."
> For the Southwest: "Plant your bulbs in Dec or Jan and water well...Avoid
> choosing cultivars from Divisions 1-2-3-4-and 9, as they are unreliable in
> your climate....Plant in partial shade with companion plants to keep bulbs
> cool in summer....it's best to start with jonquillas and tazettas whose
> ancestors sprang up in warmer climates.  If those prove successful,
> experiment with choices from Div 5 and 6...You may want to PRECOOL THESE
> FOR SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS BEFORE PLANTING...mulch with light colored mulch to
> reflect the intense heat of summer away from the soil."
> Div 1  Trumpet Daffodils
> 2  Large Cupped
> 3   Small Cupped
> 4   Doubles
> 5   Triandrus
> 6   Cyclamineus
> 7   Jonquilla
> 8   Tazettas
> 9   Poeticus
> 10   Species and Wild Forms
> 11  Split Coronas (Butterfly)
> 12   Various Others
> I especially like John Scheepers/Van Engelen catalogue because he group the
> bulbs according to division.  Makes it easier to pick the ones that are
> right for your location.    Also - within the Tazetta group there are also
> non-hardy tazettas, many called paperwhites, that need no cold period and
> grow very well in warm climates.  Here we just grow those in pots indoors.
> Kitty

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