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Any success stories with Chinese Sacred Lily?

Posted by sun_worshiper FL 9b (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 13, 11 at 19:23

I planted Chinese Sacred Lily (Narcissus tazetta v. orientalis) bulbs last year. They had a lot of foliage, but no blooms. I thought maybe they might need a year to settle in. But once again this year, lots of foliage & no bloom stalks. I found a blog post (link below) from an author in Austin who indicates that maybe they do have a chilling requirement to bloom based on experimentation with artificial chilling.

So I'm curious - has anyone in FL had success getting them to bloom as ordinary garden plants without forcing them? Given that last year was a record cold one (I'm in the Orlando area), I'd like to understand if my lack of blooms has to do with chilling, or if there is some other factor. If they do require chilling hours, I'll be replacing them with something else...

Here is a link that might be useful: Chinese Sacred Lily Chilling Experiment

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RE: Any success stories with Chinese Sacred Lily?

I probably have the regular paperwhites rather than SL.
Have often heard they need a chill but when lol?? For me they only grow in winter . Going dormant in May and up in Oct. Act like summer dormant s. african I tried a VERY dry summer rest .Got lots of growth but again no flowers. Do yours grow during summer??

RE: Any success stories with Chinese Sacred Lily?

Hi Gary. Interesting to hear that you are having the same results. Mine went dormant around April/May last year, and started trying to poke up really early - around September. The tips of the new foliage got a bit burned because it was still hot. They didn't seriously start growing foliage until late October though. I gave mine no special treatment - they got regular sprinkler water during the summer + rainfall. But I did overplant with other plants that are winter dormant and summer growers. So that should have helped to suck up moisture. Certainly the bulbs didn't rot as the foliage came up just fine. I agree about the chilling being a bit confusing here. Was chilling last winter what should have done the trick? Or do they need chilling in the fall when they are dormant and before they emerge? I have two different kinds - the single chinese sacred lily - they have had no blooms ever. And the double roman variant. Looks like I'll get one bloom from it this year. They are right next to each other in the garden, so no difference in growing conditions.

I also have grand primo - last year they bloomed beautifully. They are just now coming up, so I am waiting to see if they bloom again this year. I hope so - they were my favorite last year! They are another type that is not supposed to need chilling.

Anyone else have narcissus related sucesses or failures to report on?

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