Larry Force, Mississippi

Tazettas grown in alcohol

February 8, 2008
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Categories: Bulb Information, Daffodil Types, Growing Daffodils, Planting, Standards

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Hello everyone,
As I read the Home and Garden section of the Memphis Commercial Appeal this morning an article by Felder Rushing caught my eye. He was describing how growing tazettas in a 5-percent alcohol solution caused an amazing difference in the growth of the bulbs. The bulbs grown in water were more than 2 feet tall where as the alcohol grown ones were under 1 foot tall, with stiff stems full of flowers. Perhaps a waste of good vodka but very interesting never the less. There is a picture of the tazettas on Felder’s web site, (felderrushing.net) under Felder’s photo of the week. His bio stuff on this site tell all about Felder, who is well known in the south, for his down home, original gardening methods. A very unique person he is. Probably his best known book is Pass Along Plants. There are other pictures and gardening information there.
The tornado missed me here in Southaven Mississippi, but did quite a lot of damage in Southaven to some warehouses, about 6 miles north of me. Also extensive damage was done in Memphis tennessee, not far from me.
Spring is on the way fast here in Mississippi. Have a lot of bulbcodiums and quite a few early miniatures in bloom. A lot in bud also. Looks like an early season here for me.
Regards,
Larry

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