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Daffodils are perennial flowers, grown from bulbs. They are among the first flowers to bloom in Spring in temperate climates, and are often planted in large clusters

All daffodils have a central trumpet surrounded by a ring of petals. The traditional daffodil is entirely golden yellow, but the trumpet is often a contrasting colour.

Daffodils are easy to grow as they are very hardy plants. They need good sunlight and well-drained soil. A big advantage to Daffodils is that they are unappetizing to garden pests.

The Daffodil flower is a beautiful flower and often used in bouquets or flower arrangements. Daffodil flowers also make a wonderful addition to any garden. These vigorous, long-lived flowers often bloom in clusters and add lots of color to any garden in the spring. Daffodil flowers are excellent for the shrub border, perennial beds and among ground covers.

Daffodil Facts

  • Daffodil, also known as narcissus and jonquil, is a type of flowering plant that belongs to the Amaryllis family. There are 26 to 60 different species of wild daffodils.
  • Daffodil is flower of March and symbol of 10th wedding anniversary.
  • Bunch of daffodils offered as a gift ensures happiness and represents good fortune, while single daffodil predicts misfortune.
  • Daffodils were symbol of chivalry during Victorian times. They are symbol of hope today.
  • Daffodils are perennial plants, which mean that they can survive more than two years in the wild.

Growing Daffodils

Daffodils grow perennially from bulbs. In temperate climates they flower among the earliest blooms in spring. Daffodils often grow in large clusters, covering lawns and even entire hillsides with yellow.

Depth, as a general rule, needs to be thrice the height. This means large bulbs should have a depth of 6 to 8 inches, a medium size 3-6 inches and a smaller size 2-3 inches. Always remember that the load of soil proves helpful in protecting the bulbs from breaking too easily and in keeping them upright for a longer duration.

If this fact is ignored and enough depth is not given, the Daffodil will bend down very soon. Though Daffodil blooms will come in bigger clumps, the bulbs and flowers will be scant.

Steps to growing Daffodils.

  • Choose a well-drained, sunny place, with a slightly acidic soil.
  • Plant your Daffodils so that their top is at least two times as deep as the bulb is high
  • Plant bulbs deeper in sandy soil than in clay.
  • High-nitrogen fertilizers should be avoided.
  • Daffodils need lots of water while they are growing.
  • After blooming, never cut the foliage until it begins to turn yellow
  • Put them in onion sacks or panty hose and hang them in the coolest place you can find until they’re ready to plant. Good air circulation will keep the storage rot at a minimum.