Frequently Asked Questions - Daffodils

What is the difference between a Daffodil and a Narcissus?

None. The two words are synonyms. Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for all Daffodils, just as Ilex is for Hollies. Daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus.

When should I plant Daffodils?

Daffodils make their new roots soon after planting so the ideal time is September-October, but even November planting will give good results. At Bloms, we send your order at the correct time for planting and therefore recommend they are planted on receipt. If this is not possible store them in a cool place and open the bags to allow some ventilation. This is very important

How deep should I plant my bulbs?

Daffodils should be planted at least twice as deep as the bulb is high, approximately 12-15cm (5-6 ") for larger type bulbs, 8-10cm (3-4 ") for smaller ones. Deep planting has a beneficial effect on future years flowering.

How much watering do my Daffodils require?

When first planted, give them enough water so that the entire planting area is damp but this should only be necessary during very exceptionally dry weather conditions. Normal rainfall should take care of any watering requirements. Provided the bulbs are planted sufficiently deep no watering is needed during the flowering season. Deep planting in the first place is the key to success.

Should I cut back the Daffodil's foliage after flowering?

The simple answer is 'no'. If the foliage is cut any growth of the bulbs will cease and therefore impair next years flowering. Research has proved that the foliage should be allowed to remain for a minimum period of six weeks after flowering but for maximum results wait until it starts to turns yellow before removal.

To stop them looking untidy can I tie up the Daffodil's foliage?

Never tie up the foliage of your Daffodils after flowering. This will damage the foliage and cause premature dying back thus depriving the bulbs from the necessary nutrients.

Should I lift Daffodils?

Daffodils are best left in the ground and do not need to be lifted unless the clumps have become very congested. Lift after foliage has died down, discard the small bulblets and replant the remainder.

Why do my Daffodils go 'blind' ?

In most cases this is due to shallow planting as this deprives the plants of the necessary moisture. Impoverished soil is another common cause. It pays handsomely to feed Daffodils regularly after flowering with a liquid fertilizer at intervals of 7-10 days. Continue this until foliage turns yellow.

Can I plant daffodils in tubs or containers?

Daffodils make excellent container plants. They should be planted in deep tubs or pots and positioned outside in the garden in a cool spot. Never allow the soil to dry out and ensure regular watering during prolonged dry periods even in the middle of Winter.

What compost should I use in tubs or containers?

Good garden soil is quite acceptable but if this is of a heavy nature mix it with compost, peat or sharp sand to ensure adequate drainage. Do not use soilless compost which is very fine and compacts very easily.

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