Daffodils, also known as narcissus, can be a really eye-catching option to brighten up a spring garden.
Where to Plant Daffodils
Daffodils perform best when exposed to full sunlight but will also survive in lightly shaded areas, and should be planted in moist well-draining soil. They can be planted on lawns, borders or in a container.
When to plant Daffodils
Daffodils are best planted before the end of October, two times their own length deep (usually 5 inches) while the ground is still warm. This allows them to root out and establish before the colder weather comes. Be careful not to plant the bulbs the wrong way around. Make sure you plant them with the tip of the bulb facing up and the round bottom facing down!
How to get the best from your daffodils
They are easy to grow and will last for generations as long as you respect a few rules.
- They need to be planted deep as this supports the flower stems and makes them less prone to blowing over in windy weather.
- Allow foliage to turn yellow after flowering as many gardeners are prone to losing patience with the leaves and either chop them off or tie them up into a bunch with string. This prevents them from making enough energy to flower again next year.
- A little feed and water in March will give them the resources they need to fatten up before they go dormant and die down.
Support Irish Daffodil Growers
Most of our Daffodils are grown and sourced in Ireland from “West Cork Daffodils” based in Bandon. They grow 40 varieties in 68 acres producing 25 tons of bulbs every year. These are lifted, dried and packed into net bags of various sizes. I expect that the freshness of these bulbs and the fact that they are grown in Ireland means that they will settle into your garden much better.
Get in Touch!
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