Clay Higgins, New Jersey

N. willkommii

August 11, 2016

Categories: American Daffodil Society, Daffodil Enthusiasts, Fertility, General, Growing Daffodils, Hybridizer, Hybridizing, Planting, Seeds

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I don’t like to do this, but I have some N. willkommii seed that I didn’t use when I planted my daffodil hybridized seeds this year.  They are open pollinated and I feel they will be true to N. willkommii as jonquilla have a habit of self seeding.

I’d like these to go to an experienced daffodil person.  N. willkommii is a member of the N. jonquilla family and smaller in height and size of the bloom than N. jonquilla.  They are fertile both ways.  But they will not sprout and bloom next year.  Try four to five years.

They did well for me in the colder area of N. central Maryland, and after I learned to grow them in hot NC, they are very prolific here.

I think I have enough for two batches.  My N. willkommii, that I call little Willy, produced a lot of bloom and a lot of seed this year.

The first two that asks.


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7 Responses to N. willkommii

  1. Paul Rumkorf, Australia
    Paul Rumkorf, Australia
    August 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    G’day Clay,how strange, just yesterday I sent an email on daffseek saying that the website does not have any images of N. willkommii and would they want any?The web site did not allow me to use the ”contribute photographs” button so I sent the question via ”questions or comments” under the HELP section.Too early of course to have had a reply.

    How many blooms to a stem do you have Clay?

    N willkommii N willkommii

    So, here are mine.

  2. Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    August 12, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Hi Paul,

    The last part of your message is hidden behind the pictures. I’m not skilled enough with Daffnet to make the pictures move.  Nice pictures.  I really like the way you photographed them.  I saved them with your name as credit on my computer.

    As for the number of blooms, I’ve have had anywhere from one to five blooms.  I also have a little monster in my hybridizing and that others have use successfully in shows, my seedling #11-11.  It’s taller than N. willcommii, but not as tall as the pollen parent N. jonquilla.  Blooms about the size of N. willcommii and very reluctant to bulb divide.


  3. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee
    Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee
    August 13, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Paul and Clay, I grow N. willkommii here in middle TN and it does well.  I just posted two photos to Daffseek of what Nancy Wilson listed as N. willkommii (Rod Barwick).  I purchased probably 1-2 bulbs from her in 2003; the photo was taken in 2013 and you can see it’s a healthy clump.  It usually has from 1-3 blooms per stem for me.

  4. Theo Sanders, Germany
    Theo Sanders, Germany
    August 14, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Here are two pictures of N. willkommii at the fields of Arno Kroon and Carlos van der Veek in the Netherlands.

    N. willkommii (arno) N. willkommii (carlos)


  5. Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    August 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm


    You are correct.  The first year down I usually get one floret per stem, but after they “settle” in I usually get two to three.  However, I have gotten bonus N. willcommii with five.  So I gave the range that I had seen the booms not the average.  The average for me is about three after they get acclimated to the area in which they are planted.  I don’t know where I got mine, probably from Nancy Wilson but I have had them about 20 years and they keep blooming beautifully each year, except for the year that I transferred them all from Maryland to (Hot Dry) Eastern NC.  That’s when I nearly lost them.



  6. Bill Carter, Washington
    Bill Carter, Washington
    August 21, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I’d love to grow them out.  I had some 2 year div 10 seeds you gave me bloom this year.  I’ve never had much luck with Div 10 but they did great.


    Bill Carter

    6800 Daffodils Terr

    Ferndale WA


  7. Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    August 22, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Hi Bill,Thanks.  It’s good to know the Div 10 seedlings are beginning to bloom.  I think Div 10 should do well for you in WAAll the N. willkommii seed are gone.Clay