Daffodils belong to a genus known as Narcissus, the botanic name of the mainly hardy, mostly spring flowering bulbs belonging to the Amaryllis family. Traditionally a golden-yellow colour with a sunny disposition, this short article will give you tips on how to grow beautiful daffodils in your own garden.
Daffodils come in many shades of white, cream, orange, pink and yellow, and are available in a variety of flower shapes ranging from small single petals to large trumpets with double petals, so to begin with you need to choose your bulbs. Examine the bulbs carefully before you buy them, to ensure that they are firm and look fresh, as bulbs of low quality may not germinate.
To allow time for your daffodils to develop deep roots and prepare for winter, you need to plant the bulbs about three times deeper than the size of the bulb itself at around 4 weeks before the ground freezes. Plant the bulbs a few inches apart and where possible plant them in the shade as they are traditionally a woodland flower and do not like to be placed in direct sunlight.
Put the bulbs into the hole that you have dug pointy end up, and bury the bulbs with a combination of soil and compost. This will give the daffodils an added energy boost to help them develop their roots and regulates the moisture surrounding the plants. It can also be helpful to cover the flower bed with a few inches of grass clippings, straw or mulch to discourage weeds from growing between the plants.
The daffodils will bloom around March time and you will be able to enjoy their sunny faces throughout the whole of spring. If you fertilise the plants after they have finished blooming then this will encourage the bulbs to multiply and the roots to grow in preparation for the next year.