An Exuberant Flower Bed: Tips and Tricks for Adding Daffodils to Your Yard

DaffodilDaffodils, also commonly known as jonquils or narcissus, are hardy flowers featuring six petals in a star-like arrangement that can be bright yellow or white with a trumpeted yellow center. The bright flowers can represent rebirth, and are some of the first flowers to bloom in spring.

They can be seen along roadsides and in the wild in the weeks following a recent snow when the temperatures rise enough to encourage growth. The bright buds are a charming addition to any garden, and are almost guaranteed to provide gardeners and homeowners joy year after year.

Choosing Daffodils

Daffodils may be monotone or have a two-toned huge that is bright, sunny, and welcoming after a long winter. While most daffodils look the same, there are actually thousands of different types available on the market. Some have been hybridized for hardiness and survival in certain environments.Daffodils-along-a-road

 

 

 

 

 

 

To determine which plants will work best in your area, consult a local nursery or horticulture society. The individuals can direct you towards the plants that are most likely to do well in your climate. Professionals may even provide you with some useful tips and tricks that are specifically useful to where you live.

Most daffodil varieties have a subtle, sweet scent. That, combined with their easygoing nature, make daffodils one of the most beloved springtime flowers. You can enjoy the birth of spring every year once you have an established bed of daffodils growing nearby.

Planting Daffodils

Daffodil-BulbYou won’t have to worry about caging your daffodil bulbs or flowers after they come up. Animals like deer and rabbits tend to leave the plant alone. The most important consideration that you will make after choosing your daffodil is in planting. If placed properly, the species may be one of the most forgiving flowers in your garden. Daffodils need lots of sunlight to reach their full potential. They should have roughly three hours of full sun a day, which is less than other sunlight loving plants.

Plant daffodils in the fall. September is the best time to pick up your bulbs to plant, or as soon as they are available at your local nursery. The bulbs should be planted in a circular formation with about 10 bulbs total. Place three of the bulbs in the center. The circular design promotes the growth patterns of the plant and encourages support.

Note that the circular designs does not have to be perfectly structured. A loose design that provides a cluster of bulbs with close proximity to other bulbs will work well, too. Try not to plant the bulbs in configurations that include less than 10 bulbs, though. Good bulbs will be fresh, large, and not dried out.

When you cultivate the ground, keep in mind that the bulbs will need to be placed roughly six inches deep. You don’t need to measure each planting. Just plant the bulb about twice as deep as the bulb is long. Add the length of the bulb to that measurement to know how deep your hole should be in total. The pointed end of the bulb should always face up. Daffodil bulbs look somewhat like an onion, so place the stringy roots down into the ground. Make sure that the spacing between bulbs is at least four to six inches apart. Water the bulbs after planting.

If you have a hard time finding a place to plant daffodils in your yard, consider growing them in containers. The plants are as happy in a pot as they are in the ground and can add a pop of color to your deck when they bloom.

Caring for Daffodils

NarcissusDaffodils don’t require much care after they’ve been planted. For plants that don’t produce blooms the spring after planting, try a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen to encourage growth. At the end of the season, the green stalks of daffodils will likely remain long after the blooming ends.

To keep your garden in order, you may be tempted to cut them immediately after the blooming season is over. Do not do this. If you need to, bunch the remaining stems together with a twist-tie or braid the strands to keep them aesthetically appealing. Once the plant has died, you can go ahead and cut the rest of the dead stems to promote health over the winter and make room for new growth in the spring. Bone meal can encourage growth for both tulips and daffodils at the end of the season, but is optional.

Drought conditions are one of the primary reasons daffodils may not bloom. If you are having trouble getting your plants to produce flowers, see if they are getting enough water. Often a small water gauge from a local hardware store can tell you if your daffodils need to be watered more frequently. If you believe the plants are placed too close together, which can also hinder development, try digging up a few bulbs and replanting them a little further apart.

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