Bulbs forum: Can someone clarify how late trumpet daf and jonquil bulbs can be planted....

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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Jan 29, 2018 8:41 AM CST
I planted my bulbs from november at the earliest on through the first week of january. Zone 8b. Nothing was pre-chilled (not by me). I see lots of anecdotal discussion on how late they can be planted and still see blooms but just trying to figure out something more concrete. I realize there are a lot of variables. I'm fine with few to no blooms this first season, if it comes to that. The important thing is I got them in the ground. All my bulbs seem to be sprouting fine. The november-planted ones are a good 6-8 inches out of the ground. I dug up a couple I planted early this month and they all have roots and shoots. I'm actually pretty amazed that bulbs I ordered in bulk seem to be doing so well.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 30, 2018 5:44 AM CST
I think seeing blooms depends more on how much chill time they get rather than when they were planted. 4-6 weeks is usually recommended, but with daffs that depends on the cultivar (some require less chill time than others). If the varieties you planted were recommended for growing in the south, they should bloom fine this year.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Jan 30, 2018 8:37 AM CST
Ok, so that's the other thing I've heard, that they don't really require chill hours like other bulbs?
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 31, 2018 7:16 AM CST
Most daffs require a minimum chill time, but that varies from variety to variety. Trumpets typically require more, jonquilla types less, and tazettas often require very little chill time.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Jan 31, 2018 8:14 AM CST
Ok gotcha. Guess that explains why trumpets are said to be less succesful the further south you go. Well, I planted probably equal quantities of trumpets and jonquils. So we'll see what happens. The good news is I've uncovered several to check their progress and I've only found one or two modly bulbs out of several hundred I planted. All the rest are sprouting.
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Feb 6, 2018 11:28 AM CST
Update- I am definitely starting to see buds on a great many of my dafs/jonqs!
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Feb 6, 2018 3:40 PM CST
Hurray!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Feb 6, 2018 6:35 PM CST
bkrell said:Update- I am definitely starting to see buds on a great many of my dafs/jonqs!
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I am also. The Narcissus had some open blooms on Monday. What a reassurance that Spring is around the corner. All is well with my world. Hurray!
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Feb 22, 2018 6:48 PM CST
Well, the answer is it wasn't to late for any of them. Blooms everywhere.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Feb 23, 2018 6:38 AM CST
Great news! Hurray! We're finally getting warmer temps and the bulbs are responding quickly- looks like I'll see some Ice Follies in the next week or so!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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