The sunny, friendly daffodil is one of the most welcome signs of spring. It’s bright yellow trumpet-like blooms rise up from the ground (sometimes snow) on short, 6-8 inch stems. Who can resist?
There are over 50 species of daffodils-mainly yellow. But the multiple hybrid varieties have introduced us to whites, oranges, pinks, greens and combinations of any or all of the above. Daffodils are often called narcissus. That’s alright, though, because they are part of the narcissus family and the two words are synonymous.
Daffodils are perennials and grown from small bulbs. Where established, the bulbs remain in the ground throughout the year, but if just starting out, bulbs are generally sown (planted) in the fall for spring blooming. In warmer regions daffodils can and will bloom continually for quite some time.
- Daffodils should be planted fairly deep. This protects them from the cold and helps them remain erect when blooming. Most gardeners say to bury them twice as deep as they grow tall.
- Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil that is free of clay
- Daffodils love lots of water during their blooming season (spring rains come in handy)
- Don’t cut foliage back after blooming until it is yellow/brown and obviously dying back
- Mulching helps hold in moisture
The simple beauty of a daffodil is a gardener’s best friend.