Tips for Growing Healthy Daffodil Flowers
Daffodil flowers are a beautiful addition to any home. These flowers bloom from bulbs during the spring, adding color and character to any flowerbed or garden. In fact, because daffodils are the first sign of spring, they bring a sense of hope and excitement for what is to come. The great thing about growing flowers of this type is that they are hardy. Therefore, as long as the bulbs have good sunlight, well-drained soil, and protected from pests, they will do amazingly well.
If interested in adding daffodil flowers to your plantings, you want to put the bulbs in the ground anytime from September through October. In some regions where the fall is not harsh, the bulbs can be planted even into the month of November. You can always look at growing regions online to find which months are considered best for the part of the country where you live.
To plant daffodil flowers, you need to remember that these bulbs will go into dormancy for about eight weeks once bloomed. Because of this, use this period for planting the bulbs. A good rule to follow regarding the best time to plant is to wait until all foliage has died and then start digging. As the foliage turns a yellow color and dries, it gets back into the soil where it enriches it with nutrients to ensure the bulb produces strong and beautiful daffodil flowers.
Now, some people will dig up daffodil bulbs every year and store them until planting time the following year but in truth, this is not necessary. In fact, if you were to dig the bulbs up ahead of schedule, you could prevent the flower from producing its beautiful blooms. However, if you need to relocate them or you want to divide them so you can grow more daffodil flowers or perhaps share with family or friends, we recommend you do this about every four years. Usually, once you see a significant amount of foliage growing you would know it is time to divide.
As far as fertilizing your daffodil flowers, this should be done when the bulbs are first planted, as well as every fall. The best fertilizer formula is 5-10-10 and adding bone meal when first planted would give the plant an extra boost needed. Interestingly, the bulbs of daffodils are unique in that they grow to a top size, followed by separating into multiple smaller bulbs. If you want different colors, you could always replace the bulbs yearly although this is not mandatory for producing gorgeous daffodil flowers.
The actual depth for planting the bulbs depends on the region but in general, digging down about six inches would suffice. If you were to talk to different gardeners who have been growing daffodil flowers for years, they would all tell you that the foliage and leaves of this plant are critical. Remember that even after the flowers begin to die, do not cut the foliage and leaves off. Instead, allow the plant to grow, again until you see them turning yellow and dying.
Although most people prefer to plant flowers of this type outdoors, the great thing about daffodils is that they can also be grown in a container indoors. Therefore, if you live in an apartment or a house without much of a yard but you love daffodil flowers, there is no reason you cannot still grow them and enjoy the magnificent color produced.