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Daffodils, the quintessential harbingers of spring
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Daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus. There are many different daffodil varieties, which are divided into different divisions. Daffodils with there nodding golden heads are truly the essence of spring. They can be seen growing in borders, containers, banks and hedgerows in late winter and early spring, they flower in a wide variety of colours from white to golden and shades of orange, red and pink.
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How to Plant Daffodils
Prepare a planting plan of what to plant and where. Choose a few different Varieties of Narcissi’s for a succession of flowers. Narcissi and Daffodils grow to various heights so always plant in relation to the given height of the plant. In front of the border plant the dwarf ones and the tall ones at the back. It's worth remembering that these bulbs can remain in the same spot for many years so plant them somewhere where they will be undisturbed if you wish them to return year after year.
Prepare the planting area by using a spade, dig up the Soil to a depth of approx 12 -14 cm. Plant the bulbs in the loosened up Soil, place the bulbs with the root base downwards (smallest part up wards) in the Soil and press firmly, cover the bulbs with the removed topsoil and cover with a layer of mulch.
Fertilise every year on top of the planting site with organic fertiliser during January - February and give a good 12-10-18 compound fertiliser during spring. This will keep your bulbs Healthy and growing.
Deadheading the bulbs not only encourages a larger bulb to form for the next year it also improves the appearance of the clumps. Do not remove the yellowing foliage before it has turned brown as this dying foliage will help to feed the bulbs and make them stronger for next year.
Remove the old foliage from your garden at the end of the growing cycle.
How to Force Narcissi - Daffodil Flowerbulbs
Best Varieties for indoor forcing are : Jetfire -Tete a Tete -Geranium - Bridal Crown- Golden Harvest- Ice Follies - Salomé and Carlton
Plant your Narcissi around October in pots with a diam. of 17 cm and over, place some pebbles at the bottom for drainage and fill the planter halfway with potting compost and coarse sand. Plant the Narcissi in the planter with the smallest tip upwards, fill up with the Soil mix and press down firmly, water well.
Place the planted pot in a dark, cold location, this can be under a crate or box outside (use old banana boxes they are strong) in a corner of the garden, or you dig out a bed in which the pots fit (edge of pots below top Soil) place a layer of straw over it and fill up with the top Soil taken out. Inspect regularly. Once the sprouts are appox. 6-8 cm tall and when the flower buds are visual, the planters can be taken indoors. Clean them with some luke warm water and place the planters in a moderate warm room (16-18 centigrade) such as a bedroom, but in bright daylight. Spray the pots daily with a water mister. Once the flowerbuds are visual and the foliage starts to spread, take them into the living room and force them into flower.
Large Cupped Daffodils -Have one large flower per stem but still not as large as the trumpet daffodils
The large cupped daffodil is a daffodil with a cup more than one third but less than equal to the petals length. Large Cupped Daffodils flower with elegantly shaped flowers, which dance in the early morning breeze like dainty ballerinas.
Large cupped Daffodils come in a wide range of colour combinations
Double Flowering Daffodils are daffodils with mixed petals and cups
Double Flowering Daffodils usually produce one to two flowers per stem. Some Double Flowering Daffodil varieties produce really big blooms so they are best planted in a sheltered location and may require some support.
Cyclamineus their name implies they resemble cyclamen with their lovely swept back petals
Daffodil cyclamineus have backward arching petals and protruding trumpets/cups. Daffodil cyclamineus has a short neck and just one flower per stem. Daffodil cyclamineus flowers are strong, long-lasting and fragrant. Daffodil cyclamineus flowers in bi-colour combinations such as golden and orange, lemon and white.
Split Corona Daffodils make a great display in the garden
Split Corona Daffodils or Split Cupped Daffodils have split cups mainly a third or bigger than the petals length. Split Corona Daffodil flower bulbs are best in groups for maximum visual impact.
Tazetta Daffodils flower with several flowers on a stem
The flowers often have a small orange cup and white or yellow petals depending upon variety. Tazetta Daffodils wonderful sweet fragrance is noticeable in the garden especially at night.
Prepared Tazetta flower bulbs are great for slow forcing (take indoors around end of February).
The Triandrus group of daffodils is unique
They flower with nodding, bell-shaped blooms in groups of three or more on each single stem. The fragrant flowers of some Triandrus Daffodil varieties are brilliant white with a tinge of green or lemon with a tinge of white and are all sweetly scented.
The Latin name Triandrus means tri -fold (three flower heads on a stem).
Trumpet Daffodils are daffodils where the trumpet is equal or larger in length than the petals, most Trumpet Daffodils have a slightly curved edge of the trumpet. The main colours are golden, lemon, white and bi colour.
Plant Trumpet Daffodils at a sufficient depth of 15 cm for best results and your Trumpet Daffodils will reappear and multiply for many years to come.
Narcissus bulbocodium -also known as the Petticoat daffodil because its flowers look like petticoats caught in the wind
Narcissi bulbocodium have unique trumpet shaped flowers with small insignificant petals; the flowers are deep golden and have a lovely sweet scent.
Narcissi bulbocodium are low growing and do well planted in borders, rock gardens and in tabletop planters.
Jonquilla Daffodil bulbs are great for naturalizing
Jonquilla Daffodils have small flowers with flat spreading petals, Jonquilla Daffodils produce multiple blooms on each stem and are all highly fragrant.
Jonquilla Daffodils bloom late in the season and combine perfectly with pansies.
Plant Poeticus daffodil bulbs in groups for maximum visual impact
Poeticus Daffodils, one of the earliest cultivated varieties, they are noted for their spectacular beauty.
Poeticus Daffodils, have a ring of bright white petals around a short pale yellow corona with a distinct red rim. Poeticus Daffodils usually have one fragrant bloom per stem.
If they are planted deep enough Poeticus Daffodils naturalize well; re-blooming for years.
Small Cupped Daffodils direct from the grower for best results!
Small Cupped Daffodils -the small-cupped Daffodil flower bulbs are closely related to wild mountain daffodils found in some alpine regions. The lovely bright flower heads of Small Cupped Daffodils are well shaped and highly decorative.
Plant Small Cupped Daffodils at a depth of 15 cm and they will reward you with an ongoing flower festival lasting several seasons.