Growing Daffoldils

information about daffodils  - the planting, growing, collecting, propagation and just about anything else you can think of.  

To begin with their scientific name is Narcissus. And yes, they were named after Narcissus, that poor, long-suffering lover of his own image. 

Along with tulips, hyacinths and crocus, these bulbs are the mainstays of the spring-bulb color explosion. 

It is pretty easy to understand why they are so popular: they are hardy, pest free, disease free, naturalize well, live for years with no work, multiply if left alone, and come in a wide variety of flower colors, heights, sizes and flower shapes. 

You can grow them in the garden, in containers or force them indoors. 

Daffodil Pictures

This is a video of the different classes of daffodils you can grow in your garden.  

Starting, Planting and Transplanting

You can even start them yourself from seed. 

You can transplant daffodils if they get "in the wrong place". 

Planting Daffodils - the two main rules to remember about planting these bulbs are described right here. 

Doug's garden and what I'm doing with these bulbs. I'll continue to update this page as the adventure continues. 

Poisonous Bulbs

Squirrels and deer rarely, if ever, bother them and while pests will chew tulips to the ground, this bulb keeps blooming away. (they taste vile which is a good thing because they are poisonous.)

Recommended Varieties

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If you're counting, you'll find the experts think there is somewhere around 26 species of wild narcissus. Now that depends of course on which expert you'ree talking to because they don't all agree on the divisions between plants. What we do know is that our garden narcissus have been hybridized for so long their specific parentage is almost impossible to determine. The divisions right now are: 

* Trumpet narcissi  including the old fashioned ‘King Alfred’ 

* Narcissus large-cupped 
* Small cupped narcissi 
* Split-corona narcissi 
* Triandrus narcissi 
* Cyclamineus narcissi 
* Narcissus jonquilla 
* Tazetta narcissi 
* Poeticus narcissi 
* Narcissus bulbocodium 
* Narcissus canaliculatus 
* Narcissus lobularis 
* Narcissus nanus 
* Narcissus odorus 
* Double narcissi 

Daffodil 'Dutch Master'

Growing Tips

And no matter what kind you want to force into early bloom, I'll assume you know how to put it into the pot (pointy end up) cover it with dirt (leave the neck uncovered) but you don't know about pre-chilling requirements. 

Here's the scoop on forcing daffodil bulbs and their requirements. 

Here's two tips on moving bulbs and reblooming care. 

This bulb comes in a wide variety of colors, ranging from the traditional yellow through white, orange-reds, oranges and salmon-pinks. You’ll also see different colors between the corona (the trumpet or cup shape) and the perianth (the petals) 

All are quite hardy, to at least minus 10C, with the exception of the Tazetta species. 

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Daffodil 'Bridal Crown' 

Plant according to the size of the bulb and full instructions for planting are here 

This bulb improves every spring in the garden landscape but sometimes you do have to do some maintenance to keep them happy. 

You can plant them in containers, in natural settings, in formal settings, in rock gardens, you can use them as cut flowers if you can stand to take them out of your garden and you can easily force them for really early spring color. 

This is the easiest bulb to grow and succeed with.
 If you can't grow this bulb, I'd recommend you try silk. (Well, clay soils will kill them because they do need good drainage.) 

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