Brian Duncan, Northern Ireland

Breezand again

March 7, 2012

Categories: Displays & Specialty Exhibits, General

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I was greatly impressed with the tremendous range of colours in the Zantedescias on display – including what must be just about the blackest flowers in existance. Breeders have made rapid and great progress but unfortunatley the corms still require treatment with giberellic acid to induce flowering. Some Growers are now providing little sachets of crystals to dissolve for home treatment before planting.

6 Responses to Breezand again

  1. March 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

    You photos are great; must be wonderful to see that show! Love the blacks too.
    Phyllis Hess

  2. Jason Delaney, Missouri
    Jason Delaney, Missouri
    March 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

    ‘Picasso’, the white and purple-throated variety, is as hardy as dirt in
    Saint Louis. In fact, it makes fairly large clumps after about three
    years. Most of the new varieties rot over the winter for us if we leave
    them in the ground outside (otherwise, if dug and stored dormant
    indoors, they’re perfectly happy), but ‘Picasso’ perists… and
    persists. And the flowers are GORGEOUS! ‘Schwarzwalder’, also sold as
    ‘Black Forest’, is plant hardy for us, but it needs a mild winter to
    flower profusely. It attains about 2.5′ of stem length when it does,
    each flower lasting several weeks, and it steals the show.

    Thanks for posting these, Brian.


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  3. Donna Dietsch, Ohio
    March 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

    What is giberellic acid?  Is not having that the reason why I never can keep
    these things?  They do bloom, a little, for me.

  4. Bill Lee, Ohio
    March 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Its a growth hormone, Donna. You can find lots of references if you do an Internet search. But the few I looked at didn’t specifically mention the use of it with daffodils.
    Bill Lee


  5. David Liedlich, Connecticut
    March 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    That flower with the Union Jack on it is quite an accomplishment!


  6. Brian Duncan, Northern Ireland
    Brian Duncan, Northern Ireland
    March 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Ref. Union Jack.
    I should have said that the theme of the show this year was London – complete with wall paintings of various scenes from the city and including most impressive large scale models of Big Ben, (it authentically chimed out the hours!)Tower Bridge, a London Pub etc. and a real double decker bus etc. etc. All credit to the organisers, a committee of ‘young’ bulb growers from the Anna Paulownia district. I was told that the show costs about 600,000 euros to put on and that it has been going for 39 years, each year with a different theme designed by the same man Pete Hollander from the beginning.
    It’s a Show really worth a visit. A 1 hour video of the Show is available for 12euros.