Early Pearl

fairfield8619(Zone 8 NW LA)January 28, 2012

I dug these up in a vacant lot- the houses are long gone. They look like EP to me and smell very sweet- not the muskey like paperwhites. Does anyone have an idea? Grand primo perhaps?

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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

My Grand Primos are smaller blooms with tighter petals and are tighter in their clusters. I googled Early Pearl and these don't look like them either. I do hope someone can ID them for you, because they are positively gorgeous!

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 8:14PM
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fairfield8619(Zone 8 NW LA)

Yes I know this is it now, thanks. I had ordered some heirloom bulbs from Dixie Bulbs (http://www.dixiebulbs.com/index.htm) and the owner graciously sent EP as a gift. They just bloomed in a pot and it is the same thing! Now I know where to get some more. The scent is much nicer than the usual paperwhites- very sweet. And they are obviously adapted to the heat.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 7:05PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

That is terrific news. Old House Gardens carries them too. I never ordered them because I had read that they are prone to splitting into small non-blooming bulbs, but obviously yours have not done that. I will be checking them out next year. They are lovely.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 2:23PM
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fairfield8619(Zone 8 NW LA)

Hey donnabaskets, Scott Ogden in his book says to plant them deep and they won't split. That's what I'll do. It will worth it for the fragrance.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 11:47PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Good tip. Will remember that, and thank you.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 4:05PM
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