Narcissus (Paperwhites) - Tender III
Paperwhite Narcissus, Tazettas
- NARCISSUS (PAPERWHITES) - Tender III
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- A. Flowering Characteristics
- Narcissus (Paperwhites) flowers in early winter
(Dec/Jan) for up to 100 days (depends on occurrence of frost) and plants
are 12-18 inches tall. All are very fragrant.
- B. General Characteristics
- 1. Origin of species: Southern Europe
- 2. Common names: Paperwhite Narcissus, Tazettas
- 3. Geophyte organ: Tunicated bulb
- 4. Hardiness type: Tender III - Injured at temperatures
below 35 degrees F , (2C) when planted.
- 5. Natural reproductive systems and growth and development
requirements: Reproduces by offset bulblets and requires a warm (70 to
85F) - cool (40 to 55F) - warm (70 to 85F) annual thermoperiodic cycle.
- 6. Primary uses: Beds, rock gardens, fresh cut flowers,
and woodland gardens.
- C. Cultural Information
- 1. Bulb sizes: 12/13, 13/14, 14/15, 15/16, 16/up cm,
- 2. Planting density: 1-3 inches, 10-15 per sq. ft.
- 3. Planting depth: 5 inches to base of the bulb
- 4. Planting time: October-November.
- 5. Perennialization habit: 1990 USDA Climatic Zones 9
to 11 without mulch.
- 6. Light requirements: Full sunlight to PM only or AM
- 7. Moisture: Tolerates (prefers) summer drought, but
requires moisture during growing season.
- 8. Animal susceptibility: Not susceptible.
- D. Companion Plants:
- Chaenomeles japonica, Forsythia, Jasminum nudiflorum,
Vinca minor, Hammamelis.
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Holland Technical Service Bulletin Number 37 was prepared for the WWW
system by A.A. De Hertogh, L.B. Gallitano, G. Hartley, M.E. Traer, and
A.B. Russell, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University.
The information was obtained not only from original research conducted
by the authors but also from databases released by other sources. This
Bulletin was published by the International Flower Bulb Center (IBC), Hillegom,
the Netherlands on behalf of the Dutch Flower Bulb Industry. Because of
the various climates in North America and year-to-year variability of the
weather, the IBC cannot and does not accept responsibility for divergent
results that may arise using information obtained from this document or
site. Photographs copyright @1997 by A.B. Russell and A.A. De Hertogh.
Computer programming by Miguel Buendia, graphics by Brad Capel.