Larry Force, Mississippi

El Camino x Viridiflorus

December 16, 2010

Categories: Basal Rot, Bulb Information, Daffodil Types, Diseases and Pests, Growing Daffodils, Planting, Pots, Winter Blooming Daffodils

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Hello everyone,
A number of years ago I stopped by to see the late Frank Galyon on my way to the Smokey Mountains and he gave me a single bulb of the above cross. Some one had sent it to him (probably Bob Spotts) and as he had no green house and his winters were pretty cold he was afraid it wouldn’t make it there, he passed it on to me. I think it was an original Manuel Lima cross.
As you can see it’s form is not great but I have enjoyed having something in bloom this time of the year. Has a nice fragrance, multiplies very well, and is basal rot resistant as I have been growing it in a pot and have lost no bulbs. I usually have problems keeping daffodils alive in pots here in Mississippi. The first few years I kept it outside, protected the pot with mulch,during cold weather. The last 2 or 3 years I have been bringing it in the greenhouse while in bloom and during January (our coldest month). Have sent a number of bulbs to growers in Jackson Miss., about 200 miles south of me. Believe it will do fine there.

5 responses to “El Camino x Viridiflorus”

  1. Brian Duncan, Northern Ireland Brian Duncan says:

    Hello Larry, Lovely little flower. I’m pleased to see something from El Camino – I named it after having bought the stock from Grant Mitsch and travelled many miles on the El Camino Real with Bill and Rosemary Roese. it might be hardier than you think with that cyclamineus background?!  Have you found if it is fertile?

  2. Harold Koopowitz, California Harold Koopowitz says:

    Larry: You should test its fertility I was able to get seedlings from Jetfire x viridiflorus. This is very nice. Harold
    At 02:01 PM 12/16/2010, Larry Force wrote:

  3. Bob Spotts, California Bob Spotts says:

    ‘El Camino’ x viridiflorus has been fertile for me. I have several very nice seedlings from ‘Cowboy’ x (‘El Camino’ x viridiflorus). Graeme Miller took a photo of one in the 2010 Murphys Show – his photo is in the NZ Annual.
    At 02:01 PM 12/16/2010, you wrote:

  4. Loyce McKenzie, Mississippi Loyce McKenzie says:

    Larry’s sharing of these bulbs was much appreciated. I have had three blooms open for more than a week, and they don’t seem bothered by 24 degree temperatures at night.
    Loyce McKenzie

  5. Barbara and Len Weber, Oregon Barbara and Len Weber says:

    Larry…………..I would say it is great!  And also the one before this one.  Ours that Harold sent are through blooming, so it is lovely to see other Fall ones in bloom. Thanks.   Barbara in foggy Corvallis, OR