DaffodilsAlong with tulips and hyacinths, daffodils are the most famous and popular spring bulbs. You can choose from different colours, heights, and flower types. Blooming daffodils give you a real spring feeling.
Spring Flowering Daffodil (Narcissi) Bulbs:
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Narcissus (plural Narcissi), better known by its common name “Daffodil”, is a genus of hardy bulbous perennials in the Amaryllidaceae family and are native to Northern Europe. Another often-used common name is “Jonquil”.
Daffodils are often referred to as the “heralds of spring” and seeing and smelling the early varieties blooming already in February usually puts a smile on most peoples’ faces. Daffodils/Narcissi come in a number of colours and combinations of colours varying from white through yellow, pink and deep orange. Narcissi also come in many different varieties. There are 13 official Narcissus divisions; Trumpet, Large-cupped, Small-cupped, Double, Triandrus, Cyclamineus, Jonquilla/Apodanthus, Tazetta, Poeticus, Bulbocodium, Split-corona, Miscellaneous, and Species daffodils. Narcissi grow from brown-skinned bulbs and have light, fleshy stems and upright green sword-like leaves. The flowers consist of the perianth (petals) and the corona (cup).
At Bulbs & beyond we have tried to simplify the division structure somewhat in our collection in order to make it easier for you to find your favourite varieties. We have divided our selection of Daffodil bulbs as follows: trumpet daffodils, double-flowered daffodils, multiple-flowered daffodils, dwarf daffodils. Bulbs & beyond offers a wide range of Narcissus bulbs.
Planting Daffodil bulbs
Daffodil bulbs can be planted from September to November at a depth of 15-20cm (10-15cm will suffice for Dwarf daffodils) and 15cm apart. Daffodils like to be planted in well-drained soil. Daffodils prefer a sunny spot, but will tolerate partial shade.
Although Narcissi are perennials, some varieties are better suited for naturalising than others. Sometimes flower quality diminishes somewhat or no flowers appear at all in subsequent seasons (Daffodil blindness), which can have a number of causes such as, amongst other possible reasons, poor soil, bad quality bulbs, foliage cut too soon after flowering in prior season, or too dry.
Early Dwarf daffodils in particular lend themselves extremely well for naturalising in large swathes in borders as well as in the lawn. When planting your Narcissus bulbs for naturalising, try to give it a “natural” look by scattering the bulbs in the prepared ground. If planted in the lawn, after the (Dwarf) daffodils have flowered and have died down, the grass can be mowed until new shoots appear the following season.
Tip: Plant some extra Daffodils in the back of the garden for use as cut flowers.