Suitable Daffodils for Forcing

Suitable Daffodils for Forcing
The bulbs that are most commonly forced are the tulips and the daffodils. Certain kinds of daffodils are most suitable for forcing. Here are some details on some of those.

Jonquil Daffodils

Pretty much all of the jonquil type daffodils are good choices for forcing. The jonquils are 12 to 14 inches in height. They bloom in May.

These can bear two to six blossoms per stem. All are richly fragrant. Jonquils have small cups. Some jonquils are pure yellow.

There are also varieties with yellow to gold cups with the petals being either yellow or white. Several varieties have almost totally white blossoms except for a touch of yellow at the base of the cup. Examples are Lieke and Silver Smiles daffodils.

Tazetta Daffodils

Almost all of the tazetta daffodils are good or forcing. The tazettas are suited to warm areas. These can have three to 20 blossoms per stem. Varieties include Avalanche, Cragford, Geranium, Golden Dawn, Minnow, and Silver Chimes.

Falconet daffodil is especially good for forcing. It is pretty much bicolored. A foot or so in height, this daffodil can have up to eight flowers per stem. The petals are yellow, while the cup is orange-red and very showy. This daffodil is very free flowering with four stems per bulb.

The Paperwhites and the Chinese sacred lily are commonly grown indoors during the winter. Unlike most daffodils, these need no winter chill in order to bloom.

A number of paperwhite varieties and related daffodils are readily available, including Grand Soleil d Or daffodil and Ziva paperwhite. The paper whites are commonly available, while some of the others can be found in bulb catalogs.

The Van Engelen catalog lists Ziva paperwhites in two sizes. The John Scheepers has various choices when it comes to Ziva paperwhites, including ones in burlap bags and gift boxes. McClure and Zimmerman has the largest number of choices when it comes to paperwhites. They have eight different varieties. These include Ariel, Bethlehem Nony, Chinese Sacred lily, Galilee, Grand Soleil d Or, Inbal, Nir, and Ziva.

There is one heirloom species daffodil called The Tenby. This dates to the 19th century. At one time it grew all along the coast of Wales. This beauty is only eight inches tall. It has a large flared trumpet and short petals. Early blooming, this is pure yellow, including the petals and trumpet. It is an excellent choice for forcing.

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