Plant ID forum: What is this plant, and why is it yellowing?

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lilyliver
Jan 1, 2018 12:02 AM CST
Disclaimer: The only plant I've owned before this was a venus fly trap I bought for a science project as a kid. It did not live long. I have no idea what I am doing.

I bought this plant at an Aldi's on a whim. The label reads "paper white" and I assumed it was an orchid because it had a bulb, and I know nothing about plants. Someone else told me it looks like a daffodil. It looks a bit like an onion at the moment without is flowers, but I'm (fairly) certain it isn't.

It was absolutely THRIVING for about a month, and it had tons of small white petals. I knocked it over while moving, and all of the flowers broke off - the stems turned yellow around the edges where they broke off. I cut the stems where they were yellow, and I was told to put hydrogen peroxide on the cuts but didn't, because I was afraid I would kill it (more).

I'm attached to it now and would like to save it if possible. I'd say it's about a foot and a half to two feet tall (it was taller before I knocked it over). I currently have it's stems lightly held up with a pipe cleaner, because it has gotten so tall that it wants to fall over. Can I save my plant?

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porkpal
Jan 1, 2018 12:07 AM CST
It is a Jonquil. They bloom only in the early spring then die back until next year. Yours seems to be finished for the season.
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Calif_Sue
Jan 1, 2018 12:11 AM CST

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Jonquils are a type of daffodil. Bulbs get planted in the fall to bloom in the spring. Many shops sell them as forced bulbs in small containers for indoor blooming.
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lilyliver
Jan 1, 2018 1:17 AM CST
porkpal said:It is a Jonquil. They bloom only in the early spring then die back until next year. Yours seems to be finished for the season.


Oh, thank you! So it may come back next year?
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lilyliver
Jan 1, 2018 1:18 AM CST
Calif_Sue said:Jonquils are a type of daffodil. Bulbs get planted in the fall to bloom in the spring. Many shops sell them as forced bulbs in small containers for indoor blooming.


Thank you! Would it be better if I replanted it in a pot with dirt?
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sooby
Jan 1, 2018 5:53 AM CST
I always thought of Paperwhites as a Narcissus (tazetta) rather than a jonquil (Narcissus jonquilla). Is "jonquil" applied to both as a common name?

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RuuddeBlock
Jan 1, 2018 6:51 AM CST
You have grown this Narcissus in a water bowl ánd in the wrong season. No problem if you just want to enjoy the flower and throw away the plant afterwards (which is exactly what they were grown and sold for). To produce the flower and leaves the plant has now used up all its reserves. In normal culture it would use a few months to restore the reserves and start to make the flower for next year. Your plant may have a small chance on survival by planting it in the dirt outside as soon as possible (= after the frost is gone). It will take a few years before regaining enough strength to flower again. We have often done so with Narcissus flowering in pots in spring. But those plants had the advantage of already being in soil and they could be planted outside directly after flowering. When left outside it will flower in its original season: spring. As far as I know they cannot be kept as house-plant.

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sooby
Jan 1, 2018 6:58 AM CST
I think, Ruud, it would have to be planted in potting mix in the interim and kept in good light until the leaves die back, because spring is a long way off yet. Currently it is -20C (-4F) in St. Louis.
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RuuddeBlock
Jan 1, 2018 8:16 AM CST
Yes, indeed it will have to be planted in a potting mix. Spring is still a long way off,

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Calif_Sue
Jan 1, 2018 7:07 PM CST

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Sue, I was basing it off the database, when I searched 'jonquil', it came up as common names along with daffodil. Shrug!
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lilyliver
Jan 1, 2018 11:26 PM CST
RuuddeBlock said:You have grown this Narcissus in a water bowl ánd in the wrong season. No problem if you just want to enjoy the flower and throw away the plant afterwards (which is exactly what they were grown and sold for). To produce the flower and leaves the plant has now used up all its reserves. In normal culture it would use a few months to restore the reserves and start to make the flower for next year. Your plant may have a small chance on survival by planting it in the dirt outside as soon as possible (= after the frost is gone). It will take a few years before regaining enough strength to flower again. We have often done so with Narcissus flowering in pots in spring. But those plants had the advantage of already being in soil and they could be planted outside directly after flowering. When left outside it will flower in its original season: spring. As far as I know they cannot be kept as house-plant.

Ruud


Thank you for the detailed reply. I didn't know any of this when I bought it (obviously). I'd like to save my plant if possible, so I will attempt to do what others have recommended and plant it in a pot, as the ground here is currently frozen.
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lilyliver
Jan 1, 2018 11:28 PM CST
sooby said:I think, Ruud, it would have to be planted in potting mix in the interim and kept in good light until the leaves die back, because spring is a long way off yet. Currently it is -20C (-4F) in St. Louis.


Thanks Sooby! It is frigid here isn't it? We chose the worst possible week to move!
Next time maybe I will just take my plant to the botanical garden when I have a question, since it is literally in my neighborhood! Big Grin
I'll try to get my plant potted in soil tomorrow; I'd like to save it if possible!

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