Ross Hornsby, Alabama

N. broussonetii bulb

May 7, 2019

Categories: Autumn Blooming Daffodils, Bulb Information, Daffodil Types, Growing Daffodils, Pots, Soil, Species

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I thought some might enjoy this photo of a Narcissus broussonetii bulb I recently unpotted. It had just two, large, fleshy roots with rough horizontal ridges along the length. I grew it in a pumice-based bonsai medium that it seemed to enjoy.

Narcissus broussonetii bulb

Narcissus broussonetii bulb

3 Responses to N. broussonetii bulb

  1. Harold Koopowitz, California
    Harold Koopowitz, California
    May 7, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Hello Ross:

    The ridges on the roots are formed as the roots shrink. As they shorten, they pull the bulb deeper into the soil. One can see this in many daffodils and other bulbs that adjust their depth in the soil. Thanks for showing this to Daffnet.

  2. Michael Berrigan, Minnesota
    May 7, 2019 at 11:09 am

    The bulb had a ring of feeder roots when in growth. The remaining two roots are the contractile roots than when successful widen to nearly 6mm in diameter. The further they contract the thicker they become. thanks

  3. Ross Hornsby, Alabama
    Ross Hornsby, Alabama
    May 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Harold and Michael,

    Great info! Thanks for sharing.