Polyanthus Narcissus


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Picture of Polyanthus Narcissus Polyanthus Narcissus
Common Name: Polyanthus Narcissus
Botanical Name: Narcissus tazetta (nar-SIS-us ta-ZEET-ta)
Decorative Life: 4-7 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution. Some brands of fresh flower foods do not extend vase life and can even be detrimental. Continuous or pulse (20 hours) treatment with 35 ppm gibberellic acid can delay leaf yellowing and does not increase stem (scape) or leaf elongation.
  • Cut stems exude sap that may be detrimental to other flowers therefore store separately in water. Do not recut when arranging if at all possible. See recent research findings section below for more details about this subject.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis family).
  • Native to south Portugal, east to Iran.
  • Common relatives include agapanthus, alstroemeria, clivia, nerine and daffodil.
Personality:
  • Flowers are flat with narrow cup (corona), 4-8 per stem.
  • Stems are 12-15 inches long,
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial from a bulb, plant classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
  • Flower fragrance is strong, sweet.
Availability: Winter and spring.
Flower Color: White to deep yellow.
Storage Specifics: Store at 32-33 F for up to 10 days, 36-38 F for up to 8 days, store dry or wet but keep stems upright to prevent stem bending (geotropism). When held wet or dry between 32 and 50F, no difference in vaselife was noted between wet and dry at a given temperature. However, there was an advantage for wet holding when held at 55F. Therefore, dry storage/transport is recommended unless high temperatures (>50F) are possible.
Tidbits:
  • Some references say this plant was named after Narcissus of Greek mythology, who turned into this plant after killing himself because he could not reach his reflection in a pool.
  • Some bulbs used for producing paperwhite cut flowers are grown in Israel and the cultivars used include 'Sheleg' and 'Ziva'. Others are produced in countries such as The Netherlands.
  • Narcissus is a Greek name said to be derived from "narke" (numbness, torpor) in reference to its narcotic properties.
  • Very often grown in homes using just gravel and water. The bulbs contain essentially all of the nutrition and therefore only need water, light and carbon dioxide (from air) to grow and flower.
Recent Findings: Van Doorn (1997) demonstrated that when freshly cut daffodils are placed in the same tap water with freshly cut roses, the roses wilted very rapidly due to the slime that is exuded from the cut stem ends of the daffodil. However, if a germicide was added to the water such as bleach, this negative effect on roses can be eliminated. It is therefore important to hydrate daffodils in a solution that contains a germicide such as found in flower foods or the bleach example noted above.
Picture of Polyanthus Narcissus Polyanthus Narcissus
Common Name: Polyanthus Narcissus
Botanical Name: Narcissus tazetta (nar-SIS-us ta-ZEET-ta)
Decorative Life: Two to three weeks, depending on interior environment.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Display in cool interior environment with filtered sunlight for best results.
Harvest Instructions: Can be sold as soon as they are removed from bulb cold treatment rooms or only after a few days in the greenhouse.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis family).
  • Native of south Portugal, east to Iran.
  • Common family members include agapanthus, alstroemeria, clivia, nerine and daffodil.
Personality:
  • Flowers are trumpet shaped, with petals fused to form a corona (cup).
  • Stems are 12-15 inches long.
  • Species is a herbaceous perennial from a bulb, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
  • Flower fragrance is strong and sweet.
Availability: Winter and spring.
Flower Color: White, pale yellow to deep yellow.
Storage Specifics: 32-33 F for up to 10 days, 36-38 F for up to 8 days.
Tidbits:
  • Some references say this plant was named after Narcissus of Greek mythology, who turned into this plant after killing himself because he could not reach his reflection in a pool.
  • Some bulbs used for producing paperwhite cut flowers are grown in Israel and the cultivars used include 'Sheleg' and 'Ziva'. Others are produced in countries such as The Netherlands.
  • Narcissus is a Greek name said to be derived from "narke" (numbness, torpor) in reference to its narcotic properties.
  • Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light would be better. Very often grown in homes using just gravel and water. The bulbs contain essentially all of the nutrition and therefore only need water, light and carbon dioxide (from air) to grow and flower.
  • Dry, cold treated bulbs can be purchased by consumers and grown to flowering on a window sill or similar location. Care must be taken to include enough growing media (including sand or gravel) over and below the bulbs so their root development does not push the bulb out of the container.