Tazettas Seeding in cold, wet conditions

March 17, 2019

Categories: Autumn Blooming Daffodils, Daffodil Types, Fertility, Fertilizing, Growing Daffodils, Hybridizing, Pollination, Science, Weather and Temperature, Winter Blooming Daffodils

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Weather conditions here in Moss Landing, California have been pathetic for the last 3 months or so from a hybridization standpoint—or so I thought, based on a lifetime of what to expect when conditions are pretty consistently cold and rainy.   Yet there are countless fat natural seed pods.   This is not normal under these conditions.  Only explanation I can offer is those heavy doses of phosphorus I put on last year.  Perhaps cold, since it hinders the uptake of the phosphorus that is necessary for good seed production, can be overcome with a sufficient abundance of additional phosphorus.  And as the abundance of unexpected natural seeds has become apparent over the last few weeks, I have made a few crosses at temperatures as low as the upper 50’s F.  Most of these crosses have been successful.  This would not have been the case in past years.  

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