Paperwhite narcissus

Narcissus 'Grand Soleil d'Or'

Photo/Illustration: 
Susan Kahn
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Paperwhite narcissus (Narcissus 'Grand Soleil d'Or')
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Synonyms:  N. 'Soleil d'Or'
Genus:  Narcissus
This tender paperwhite is well-suited to forcing, blooming 6 to 10 weeks after planting.  It produces 10 to 20 bright-yellow flowers with orange centers on stems 12 to 14 inches tall, and exudes a marvelously sweet fragrance.
Care:  Grow in average, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade (see individual species for specific requirements). In autumn, plant bulbs from 1.5 to 5 times the bulbs' height (3 inches or more in cold climates). Under glass, grow in 1 part grit and 2 parts soil mix. Deadhead seed heads (except those of species, for dispersal) and allow leaves to photosynthesize for 6 weeks before cutting back, including plantings in turf. Lift and divide clumps if they become overcrowded or perform poorly. Bulbs may be forced in autumn in a cold frame; plant with tops visible, keep moist, and when rooted, move to a cool greenhouse (less than 64°F).
Propagation:  Separate bulbs and replant in early summer or early fall.
Problems:  Narcissus bulb fly, narcissus nematode, bulb scale mite, slugs, narcissus basal rot, other fungal infections, narcissus yellow stripe virus, and other viruses.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Green Flower,
Orange/Salmon Flower,
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Indoor Plant,
Suitable as Annual,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Formal Garden,
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Bulbs

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