The Daffodils, or Narcissus as some might know them, are beautiful flowers with a bright yellow color. They are the first ones that appear in the garden in early spring if you plant them in time. After the appearance of snowdrops, which are the first flowers to announce the arrival of spring, daffodils are next, brightening the look of your garden. Still, you don’t have to choose only the traditional type of daffodils, since there is a large variety of shapes and colors of this flowers. They appear through bulbs, this meaning that each autumn they will disappear, appearing again in spring when the weather is mild enough. Thus, when shopping for your daffodil bulbs, do pick the variety you like most.
Before planting the bulbs
You need to decide in which part of the garden you will want the daffodils to grow. It is advisable to choose a spot that will enjoy a lot of sunshine, or at least will be partially shady. Also, you will need to make sure the soil has enough drainage. You should know that the elevated parts of your garden will offer the best drainage. The best soil mixture for your daffodils can be made by you very easily. You will need a part of clay, which you will mix with compost or even with a mixture for planting you find in gardening stores. At this combination, you will need to add some alkaline soil, which has soil sulfur. This is the perfect soil to grow daffodils successfully in your garden.
You should also know that the best period to plant your daffodils, if you wish to enjoy their color in the spring, is late autumn. The latest period being with one month before freezing temperatures start to occur. For planting the bulbs, you will need to make holes in the ground, with the help of a trowel. The holes should be twice the length of the bulbs, and the bulbs should always be positioned in the holes with the pointy tip up, to allow the new plant to grow upwards. And don’t make the holes too close apart, to avoid overcrowding. You should allow a few inches between holes, to let the plant get enough nutrients and growing space.
Don’t cover the bulbs
with soil immediately, as you need to prepare them for blooming. For this, you will need to apply fertilizer with a low-nitrogen quantity directly on the bulbs, and on top a thin layer of mulch. Only afterward you can complete the hole with the remaining soil. Also, it is highly recommended to water the bulbs right after finishing these operations. You should keep in mind that daffodils love water, especially if they are in the growing period. So for the next three weeks, you should make sure that the soil around them remains moist. When the daffodils managed to bloom, you can stop the frequent watering. In fact, they won’t require watering at all after the flower appeared. Afterward, just let the plant grow until it withers. Then, you can cut it a few inches above the ground, to prepare it for winter. In spring, your daffodils will produce new sprouts.
In case the daffodils do not bloom for a season, maybe the location is not right for them. So you will have to dig up the bulbs and move them to a new location, following the previous steps. If they bloom, the bulbs can remain in one single location for three to five years, as they will continue to thrive there. To move the bulbs, you should dig them at the end of May or during June. The bulbs must be washed off the soil and let them hanging in a net until they are thoroughly dried. Replanting the bulbs should be done like mentioned previously, in late autumn. During this time, the bulbs can remain in those nets out in the open.