double narcissus falling over

gouramikeeper(4b (US), 5a (Canada))May 10, 2011

I've got half a dozen different doubles and they all flop over as soon as the bloom is full - no rain or wind required. Has anyone any hints as to how to reduce this? Or, are they just poor selections & I should just get rid of them?

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Are they crowded? Do they have sufficient light? That could etiolate them and weaken the stems.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2011 at 6:08AM
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gouramikeeper(4b (US), 5a (Canada))

Not crowded, more light than lots of others that are stem firm, leaves a clear green.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 6:32PM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

I frequently have the same problem. The only one that do not flop are the small flowered ones like Bridal Crown or Cheerfulness. The big doubles are just too heavy for their stems. I wish someone would hybridize doubles with shorter stems.

The big doubles also have bud blast (where the buds dry out without ever opening) at least half the time. I have a big stand of one (I think Mary Copeland) I have never yet seen bloom. Bud blast every year.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 8:34PM
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