Jonquil stalks cut off for shipping

lsst(7b)March 10, 2014

Online, I ordered heirloom Jonquil bulbs that have been freshly dug.Since they are blooming now, I requested that the stems remain as I would be planting them immediately.

I received them today and the stems have been cut almost all the way down to the bulb.

I have always left on my stalks after blooming so I am not sure what to do about planting these.

Since most of the green stalks are gone, I thought of potting them up shallow for now with whatever green left is exposed to the sun.
Then this fall plant them in the garden at the proper depth.

I am concerned that if I plant them in the garden now at the proper depth everything from the cut off stalks will be buried and may rot or not bloom next year.

We are still having some freezing nights and I thought if the bulbs are potted shallow for now, I can bring the pots into the garage on below freezing nights.

Will this work? Can any one advise me of the best way to make sure these bulbs survive and bloom next year?


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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Is it just the flowering stems that have been cut off? Or have the leaves been removed too. If the former I'd just plant them at the depth they were before. If they came from a similar climate to yours the weather shouldn't hurt them.

I've not heard of Narcissus being moved 'in the green' before except in an emergency (eg house move or something).

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 4:54PM
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Thanks for the reply!

All the greenery has been cut off to about one inch above the bulb.
Some of the stalk that is left is white- apparently what was growing underground. Five bulbs have an inch of green stalk left.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 4:58PM
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I wouuldn't expect them to bloom next year (or maybe for 2 or 3 years), this has got to be a severe sugar depletion for the bulb (unless it was growing in a greenhouse and is about to go dormant).
Daffs are very tough and survivors, so will probably make it.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 3:50AM
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Nancy zone 6

Well, I don't think it would hurt to try to pot them up as you were saying, get as much sunlight on them as possible. I personally wouldn't do it because I have a tendency to overwater bulbs in pots & they rot.
I did dig some daffs up a couple of times shortly after flowering & they did bloom the next year. Another time I had to move some common heirloom daffs just after blooming & it was 3 years before they bloomed. In each case I moved them with the foliage intact. Hopefully you will get lucky & they will bloom.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 8:31AM
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Thanks, I did pot them up and hopefully they will do O.K.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 10:44AM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

Why would they do this? I could see this for a bulb like a Lycoris or Crinum, that never truly goes dry-dormant, but not a Narcissus. Why not just ship at the typical time in late summer or fall?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 1:14PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

I must say that I would never order from this company again, and might go so far as to request a refund. This makes not one lick of sense!

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 9:59PM
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It was on Ebay and the seller is only one state from me(just a few hundred miles) so I requested the greenery remain.They were advertised as freshly dug and they were. My plan was to plant immediately and the bulbs would have the greenery to store energy for next years blooms.

His ad stated free shipping. If I had known the greenery would have been removed, I would have paid extra for him to leave the
stems on.

I had no clue they would arrive chopped off. I learned a valuable lesson.

Background as to why.....

I have always wanted heirloom jonquils like I see blooming on old homesteads and farms. I have never had luck with modern bulbs naturalizing in my garden.

Last week I was driving a little south of my home and saw thousands of these jonquils blooming everywhere.

It was on a certain stretch of highway and I was mesmerized.

I never saw anyone to ask if I could have or buy some from them.
Once home, I looked online and saw the same jonquils on Ebay.
I really thought I would receive them freshly dug and intact.

Old House Gardens did not have them available and Brent and Beckys did not have them so I in my impatience, decided to
order from Ebay.

This post was edited by lsst on Tue, Mar 11, 14 at 23:12

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 10:52PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Totally understandable. The jonquils are fabulous this year. Maybe because we had more cold than usual. I would suggest you get a copy of Garden Bulbs for the South by Scott Ogden. It will save you a lot of time and aggravation.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 4:00PM
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Thanks, I will look into that book.
My initial research was that these may be lent lilies but I now think they are Campenelle jonquils.
The stems are very narrow and rounded like a reed. The bloom is yellow 2 inches in diameter. The total height is 12-14 inches for the stems. The trumpet is short.
I have not seen any where I live but one hour south and thousands are blooming.

This post was edited by lsst on Wed, Mar 12, 14 at 20:49

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 8:06PM
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O.K. Campanelle is probably out as I just read that it is mostly sterile and its greenery is flatter and bluish green.
These bulbs were all over the place. I would see drifts of hundreds and then one lone bloom right next to the highway.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 9:19PM
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