daffodils from seed

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by crawdad, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I planted some daffodils about ten years ago. Not sure of the variety, but they are bright yellow, with dark orange centers. A common color.
    A few years ago, I spotted a patch of color in the woods behind our house, and checked it out. A couple of daffodils, nobody planted them, they came up wild. Birds spreading seeds, perhaps?
    Well, I allowed the clump to grow, it's pretty big now, every spring i go pick some for my bride. These flowers are like no others in the holler, so here's my question.
    Are daffodil seeds similar to apples, in that each seed starts a new variety, not the same as the parent?
  2. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here's a pic of the daffoldils. I named them "Frannie's Beauties," named after the lovely and talented Mrs. Crawdad. These ones have been cut for a couple of days.
  3. Garth

    Garth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Daffodils like any other plant are dependent of characteristics found in the parent plants. Hybrids and cultivars come from crossing two or more varieties. Hybrids can occur in nature but cultivars are purposely made. It's short for "cultivated variety". The picture you have may be a triandrus daffodil. Possibly either "Ice Wings 5W-W" or "Peggy White 2W-W". Daffs were not my forte. Usually have more than one flower per stem, and the perianth is very silky and reflexed. Between you and me though, I like "Frannies beauties" best.
  4. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
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    Triandrus daffs are usually less substantial than those pictured. The pix look more like 'Mt. Hood' to me. Do they change color from beginning to end of bloom? 'Mt. Hood' opens white with cream trumpet and matures to white on white. Randomly planted daffs usually aren't reliable seeders (either in terms of volume of seeds or frequency of seed set). They can, indeed, grow something new unlike the parents, but it's not a common occurrence. How likely/possible is it that you brought in a couple of bulbs (hitchikers) in some dirt from another job, or raked up and discarded with some leaves?
  5. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They're out in the woods in the back yard, I haven't dumped any dirt out there. All of the daffodils I have planted have been in the front yard.
    I have let my daffys go to seed a few times, as I have with my hostas.
    Where the birds carry the seeds to is their business.
    Here's what they look like "in the wild" The center is, as you say about "Mt Hood", yellow at first, then changes to nearly white after cutting.
  6. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They're not Triandrus, there's only one bloom per stem.
  7. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    The bulbs could have been "transplanted" there by some rather ambitious squirrels.
  8. Garth

    Garth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Thanks Kate,
    The only daffs I see here are Jonquilla, Tazetta, and Poetica so needless to say, I have very little experience with them. They are quite striking aren't they?
  9. WhohasHelios?

    WhohasHelios? LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    The following HC's look really similar..I was searching the web for pics of them to no avail.
    Narcissus, HC (large cupped)
    'Dancing Partner'
  10. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    Can you name this one?

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