FW: Long Stems

September 9, 2009

Categories: Daffodil Types, Growing Daffodils, Soil, Standards

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From: Daniel Bellinger [mailto: title=]
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 10:50 AM
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Subject: RE: [daffnet] Long Stems
When I first started growing and exhibiting daffodils, we lived in Toldeo, Ohio, about a block from Lake Erie.  Our soil was lake muck.  Between this extremely fertile soil, full sun and a lake moderated climate, many of our daffodils had extremely long stems.  When I showed these blooms in Columbus OH (the CODS show had notoriously high standards), they won.  The tall stems didn’t detract.  (Of course these blooms also had wonderful substance for the same reasons the stems were tall).

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Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 10:14 AM
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Subject: Re: [daffnet] Long Stems
Interesting that you are suggesting that these really long stems are a good thing.  I think they are too long and not pleasing to the eye.  I usually cut my stems when exhibiting when they are so long.  In the ADS Judges’ Handbook it says that the length of the stem should be proportionate to the size of the bloom.  To me these really long stems look funny.  Obviously this is just my opinion.

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Sent: Wed, Sep 9, 2009 7:18 am
Subject: Re: [daffnet] Long Stems

Hi Daffnetters, 
The photo of premier blooms and the champiom bloom 4 Y – R Ballistic are from our Otaki 
show last weekend. 
The camera never lies — BUT — its all about angles. 
As would be expected , there were no short stemmed blooms on the top table ; however , I was 
crouching a little and shooting slightly up to bring in the top level flower Ballistic . 
Probably the tallest bloom on the table was the 3Y – O , Ome Omy, which is always tall and was 
about 20 inches above the vase. It is the redcup on the left. 
Ballistic was on about a 16 inch stem ; very thick and strong and a very strong neck as it was a 
very heavy , full flower .It had , as the photo shows , a very proud stance , looking the judge 
right in the eye . 
Our Central region growers usually feel that the Waikato and Taranaki growers , both from areas 
with considerably heavier rainfall, have an advantage on us when it comes to stem length .Our higher 
sunshine hours usually give us other benifits , particularly earlyness. 
A few enquiries about SNOWY HECTOR , — 4 W – W . 
It is an unregistered seedling of mine ; can,t remember the breeding offhand . 
I was in the Wellington flower market early this morning , watching my flowers being auctioned, 
talking to the staff and the buyers ; always trying to see what is fashionable and trying to pick 
any preferences or market trends . 
I had about 100 bunches of doubles , including 10 bunches of Snowy Hector and some tall Y – R,s 
W – P,s and bright Y – Y,s . 
Top price , by over 10% , was the 10 Snowy Hectors , and I was approached by the buyer 
asking if I would still have any of it on the floor next week . 
The answer was yes but the numbers may be lower as we are finishing fast . 
I was told it had been top price for the last 3 markets . 
It,s not a glossy white finished flower, however its strength is that it opens very clean white , not a 
hint of yellow ; also has a good stem and neck .Stocks are building up as it was a 1993 sdlg . 
Chatting to the auctioneer about the sales is something I should do more often ; I have changed 
A uction Houses for the first time in 30 years ; a bit of local politics involved ; my previous man 
was an excellent communicator but was made redundant — I,m getting to know the new floor . 
Had a long day — cheers John. 
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Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 6:31 AM 
Subject: [daffnet] Long Stems 
> I forgot who sent this photo, but I’d like to inquire if all your 
> daffodils have a stem this long???? 
> Surely not; so what do you do during the growing to encourage 
> the stems to grow longer?? 
> I know that I have seen an occasional long stemmed daffodil 
> grown in the USA appear on daffnet at times, but this is an exception. 
> Thanks for a reply; I’m sure everyone in the US would like to 
> know the answer. 
> Ralph 

> — > Ralph Sowell 
> 330 Commerce Park Drive 
> Jackson, MS 39213 
> 601.982.9383  

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