Growing daffodils seem an easy task to do. But, to plant and grow this bright yellow flower properly needs some efforts. Daffodils are kind of hardy plants that are growing in most regions in North America. These eternal flowers all cover anything, everywhere, except in wettest and hottest areas like in South Florida.
You should know that daffodils belong to the fall-planted bulb. Thus, you can easily plant them when autumn to see their bloom in the next early spring or late winter. When talking about planting daffodils, think that there are numerous types of it. Specifically, daffodils have more than 50 species and 25000 registered hybrids or cultivars.
No specific data is showing how long a daffodil could live. However, a daffodil bulb may outlive people who plant them easily. It makes its fame as eternal flowers grow more. Growing it in a border or between shrubs seem easy for daffodils. They also can fit anything, either in a woodland garden, large groves, or indoor.
How to Plant and Grow Daffodils
Planting and growing daffodils might be different from one to another. It depends on what species you want to plant. But, most daffodils need perfect sunlight to grow. It will bloom best in the early spring sunshine. Better to put it outdoor where the surroundings offer perfect full sun or at least partial sun.
Luckily, most daffodils have high-tolerate to any kind of soils. Although, better to keep it in well-drained soil like other flowers. Keep in mind to not wetting them too often. Basically, daffodils are easy to rot when over-watered.
Most people agree to plant daffodils from neutral to acidic soils, there’s no problem. But, some prefer to plant it on alkaline soils. It different suggestion clarify that daffodils have various species with different characteristic.
Generally, you can easily follow these steps while growing daffodils.
1. Choose high-quality bulbs that haven’t been dried out yet. Better to select the larger bulb.
2. Plant these bulbs with specific 1.5 to 5 times compared to their own depth. When planting it on severe winter, ensure to cover the bulbs at least with a minimum of 3 inches soil. To make them grow perfect, better to have space about 3-6 inches apart from one to another.
3. Sprinkle a little fertilizer may help to plant more effectively.
How to Care Daffodils
Taking care of your daffodils needs some effort. Generally, it can grow naturally, even without your treatments. To make sure that the daffodils grow perfectly, you may apply fertilizer to give essential nutrition. Use high-potash and low-nitrogen to fertilize them. Besides, you have to do this list below to growing daffodils.
1. Keep watering your daffodils when it turns to dry spring weather. In this case, flowers will abort when the condition is too dry. But, keep in mind not to over-water them to minimize the possibility of getting rot.
2. When your daffodils become crowded, lift them by dividing them into sparse clumps. That’s important to avoid congested clumps.
3. After blooming in spring, let your daffodils grow until they naturally die. Don’t ever try to cut down them earlier because they need more time to restore energy in their bulbs.
4. Snip the dead daffodils or twist their leaves to pull the plants lightly. Add some bonemeals to prepare the soil next blossom.
Although daffodils are both rodent-proof and deer-resistant, better to keep it away from those animals. It also can be a toxic t our pest, so always keep your pet away from your flowers. These bright flowers officially contain lycorine and chemical named oxalates. Those may harm pets or children to be poisoned.
The issues about growing daffodils mostly come from its narcissus bulb fly, nematode, bulb mite, slugs, its basal rot, or other fungal and virus infections. Thus, you need to use some pesticides to make stay away from these issues.
When harvesting daffodils, you have to put them alone in a vase. Remember that their stems potentially influence other flowers to wilting, because of its fluid. Otherwise, when you choose to combine them, keep them apart as long as needed then rinse immediately before arrange in one vase/ bouquet.
Planting daffodils can be an easy way to start gardening. You just have to keep them get enough sunlight and water to see their blooming for decades. Moreover, there are lots of varieties like golden ducat, petit four, or rip van winkle that makes your desire to growing daffodils more interesting.