Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
For 2010 a number of new bulbs will be available for cutting gardens. These include the following varieties.
Double Pam Daffodil
This is a delightful new variety with fully double blooms. The flowers are a mix of white and yellow. This is a great color combination for spring floral designs. They have a very frilly appearance. The stems are a foot tall.
Double Pam daffodil flowers are very long lasting with a vase life of a week or longer. They’re used as a mass flower. These should be cut when the blossoms first start to open.
In the cutting garden, all daffodils need a sunny spot with well drained, reasonably moist soil.
Calla Lily Gold Crown
This is a new mini calla lily that makes a perfect cut flower. The classically shaped blooms are a deep golden yellow. These have long thick stems.
Originally from South Africa, calla lilies are tender plants that are only winter hardy in warm climates. These are recommended for zones seven through ten. Elsewhere these can be grown as tender bulbs during the summer and brought indoors for the winter.
These plants prefer a well drained, rich, moist, light soil. They will rot in wet heavy clay. In the cutting garden callas need full sun.
The stems of calla lilies are ready to harvest when the flowers are starting to unfurl. With their sleek silhouette, calla stems are used as a large line flower. They have a vase life of about five to ten days.
Peruvian Lily Tangerine Tango
Also called Inca lily and Alstroemeria, these are related to the amaryllis. This new variety is slightly hardier than some. It is recommended for zones six through nine. A long-blooming bulb, Tangerine Tango has flowers that begin to appear in the spring and continue through the fall until frost hits. The orange, trumpet-like blooms have dark spots and light yellow centers. The stems can reach three feet in height. The blooms open in loose, terminal clusters.
The stems of Peruvian lilies are used as a medium sized mass flower. They have a very long vase life of up to two weeks or so. The stems are ready to harvest when the first flowers are showing their full color and the other blooms on the stem are showing some color.
The Peruvian lilies need full sun in the cutting garden. In cold climates, these can be treated as tender bulbs and either dug in the fall or grown in pots, which are brought indoors for the winter months.