Ah, don’t you just love Daffodils? They are among the first flowers to bloom in the spring. You’ll just love growing daffodils, as they bring a promise of warmer weather, along with a burst of color to the still grey landscape of your yard and flowerbeds. A member of the Narcissus family, Daffodils flowers originated in the woods of Europe. And, growing daffodils is easy. These Fall planted, spring-blooming flowers are certain to brighten up a drab early spring landscape with their cheery blooms.
It’s amazing how easy they are to grow. Just pop a bulb or two into your flower bed in the fall, and Voila….. They awaken brightly in the spring shortly after the snow melts!
Daffodils flowers grow atop a sturdy stem. While most daffodils are single blooms, there are some attractive twin bloom varieties.
Also, they are great for forcing Daffodil bulbs to bloom indoors. As you already know, they are very popular cut and put in vases, too.
Daffodils are squirrel-proof bulbs. Squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents do not like the taste of the bulbs in the Narcissus family. And, deer do not bother them either. The same can not be said of many other flowering bulbs.
Flower Colors: Yellow is by far the most popular. Also, there are white, along with white and yellow varieties.
Other Names: In Medieval times, Daffodils were known as Lent Lilies, as they bloom in the early spring during the Lenten season.
Daffodils are grown from bulbs. Select quality bulbs that have not dried out. The larger the Daffodil bulb, the bigger the plant and flower next spring.
The bulb you plant becomes the “mother” bulb”. Baby Bulbs will appear and grow under and to the side of the mother bulb. They can be separated and replanted in another area. Or, give some to your gardening friends!
Over a few years, the number of bulbs has multiplied to the point they are over-crowding each other. As a result, the daffodils plants and flowers will grow smaller. Dig up the bulbs. Then, separate and replant them.
Daffodil bulbs are planted in the fall. Plant them about two to four weeks before the ground freezes to allow the roots time to develop underground.
Plant the bulbs 6-8 inches deep. Space plants three to six inches apart. Note: The plants tolerate some crowding.
Sprinkle a little bulb fertilizer in the hole during planting. For established beds, spread the fertilizer on top of the soil. You can work it in lightly, but you risk damaging the bulbs.
As natives to woodland areas, Daffodils will grow well in shade to full sun.
After they bloom in the spring, allow the plants to grow until they die off. They need time after blooming to store energy in the bulb for next year. To remove the dead plant, either snip them off at the base or twist the leaves while pulling lightly.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.0 – 6.5.
Plant Problems – Identify the causes and find the cures.
Daffodils experience few insect and plant diseases.