What should I be doing in the Garden this month?
To achieve maximum results for many years to come, Daffodils should be planted early and sufficiently deep; 12cm (5") of soil on top of the bulbs in light well drained areas, 10cm (4") in soil of a heavy nature. They are best planted where they can be left undisturbed and in those places a distance of 15cm (6") should be allowed between the bulbs. Daffodils benefit from feeding after flowering.
The reason that daffodils go blind is, in the majority of cases, shallow planting and poor quality bulbs.
Plant the bulbs as soon as possible upon arrival; if this is not possible, store in a cool place and open bags to allow some ventilation.
After flowering in the Spring, remove the faded flowers and let the foliage die down (this usually takes at least six weeks). Daffodils benefit from regular feeding with a liquid fertiliser after flowering until the plants die down, at intervals of 7-10 days. If your daffodils are grown in the lawn, mow round them and do not cut down until at least 6 weeks after flowering.
Daffodils for Naturalising
Daffodils make an excellent investment as they are ideal for naturalising in the garden. They are best planted where they can be left undisturbed, when allowed to establish themselves they will afford much pleasure for many years.
Daffodils in Containers and Pots
Daffodils look superb in pots and containers on the patio. They should be planted in deep tubs or bowls as soon as possible upon receipt 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.