Growing Conditions For Growing Daffodils
These bulbs grow best when planted in areas that get plenty of
sunlight, but also do well when planted in shady areas. They grow best
on top of hills
or in other areas that have good drainage, and seem to grow better when
they are spaced far apart from each other.
Photo: Camelia TWU
Soil Preparation For Narcissus Flowers
Growing daffodils does not require very in depth soil preparation, but you can do a few things to improve the quality of your
soil. The most important part
of preparing soil for daffodil bulbs is making sure there is adequate drainage.
You also need to make sure that the soil you are using for planting
daffodils is a well-balanced mix of clay, sand and organic matter. If
you currently have heavy clay soil, you can add
compost and coarse sand.
With sandy soil, you can add bark, peat moss or leaf compost. It is best
to prepare your soil at least a month before planting your daffodils.
How To Plant Daffodils And Depth For Planting Bulbs
A good rule of thumb for planting bulbs is that you should
plant them three times deeper than the bulb height. For example, if you
two-inch bulb, your hole should be six inches deep. You will also need
to plant your bulbs about three times the width of the bulb apart from
other to give them room to grow.
A bulb planter like this can make the task a lot easier!
Check out this page to learn how to plant bulbs!
Daffodil Bulbs Care And Maintenance
Fortunately, once you have planted your daffodils, you will have
relatively little to do in the way of daffodil care. You may need to
daffodils quite often during their growing season from March through
May. However, the rest of the year they won't need any watering, and
a bit of fertilizer in the fall to replenish the nutrients that were
lost during the last growing period.
Pests and Diseases
Part of what makes growing daffodils so easy is the fact that they are not frequent targets for
pests and diseases. Daffodils are actually poisonous
to most creatures, and probably the primary reason that pests stay away.
Daffodils bloom in the spring, usually between March and May, depending on when winter fades away in your part of the country.
Color of their petal cups determines daffodil classification, with
thirteen different classifications of daffodils based on the size, shape
number of petals and cups.
The best classic daffodil with yellow flowers is the King Alfred
daffodil. This variety is very easy and reliable.
There are hundreds of different Narcissus flowers on the market. You can
get filled flowers, scented narcissus, orange, cream or white flowers.
Miniature daffodils are great for planting into containers, rockeries or small flower beds.
Forcing Potted Daffodils
Forcing daffodils is an easy thing to do. That way you can enjoy their
color a bit earlier and bring a touch of spring into the house.
Plant the daffodil bulbs into shallow containers in the fall or in
January. You can literally plant the bulbs side by side. That way you
will get a
very nice display. You can use regular potting compost for planting
daffodils in containers. You can either keep those pots in a glasshouse
bring them into the house early in the year. Keep them in a bright spot
that isn't too warm. A cool conservatory is a great place for forcing
I like to use miniature daffodils for this because they won't fall over
as easy. Scented Narcissus varieties like Narcissus 'Bridal Crown' have a
beautiful scent which is particularly nice if you are growing daffodils
If you live in the frigid north and by late winter find yourself longing
for a touch of sun, consider planting daffodil bulbs next fall.
Then next year, just as you start feeling the need for some color, out
in the yard, bursting through that last little bit of stubborn cold
a splash of sunlight.
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