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Bulbs => NARCISSUS => Topic started by: John85 on March 23, 2012, 06:19:12 PM

Title: Narcissus canaliculatus
Post by: John85 on March 23, 2012, 06:19:12 PM
How hardy are they without snowcover but in good draining mixture?
This year the foliage has been badly damaged by a frost of -8Ęc and they didn't recover.
Title: Re: Narcissus canaliculatus
Post by: Maggi Young on March 23, 2012, 07:45:50 PM
To be honest John, I'm not too sure how hardy they are.... because every time I have planted them here they have barely flowered the first year, then made a few leaves with a very occasional flower in the next year or two then disappeared altogether... maybe with a few leaves hanging on for a while.... so I'm not sure if it is frost that kills them off or they just dwindle away for some other reason.  :-\
Title: Re: Narcissus canaliculatus
Post by: Lori S. on March 23, 2012, 08:08:48 PM
As this is one of the very few species Narcissus that is commonly available here as bulbs, I've planted packets of bulbs a few times and never had one survive the winter... although I doubt that's surprising in the least to all of you folks in zones 7 and 8.  ;)
So-called "rock garden narcissus" (i.e. dwarf hybrids, usually) generally do well here, though, despite our normally inconsistent snow cover and low winter temperatures, so from that I have assumed that N. canaliculatus is less hardy.  (God only knows why it's sold here!)
Title: Re: Narcissus canaliculatus
Post by: Paddy Tobin on March 23, 2012, 08:16:01 PM
They grow very well here but can be shy to flower. I have one area where they flower well and another where I have lush foliage but only a very, very few flowers. Last winter we had -10C, exceptional for us, and they were all fine. This cold snap came in mid-winter when they were dormant and had no effect on them.

Paddy
Title: Re: Narcissus canaliculatus
Post by: wooden shoe on March 23, 2012, 09:50:11 PM
Half of them survived -17 C when they were in full dormancy. But last winter started mild but had a cold spell till -15.5 C and I can't find a trace of them. So I'm afraid they are not the most hardy Narcissus.
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