Planting Daffodils

Planting Daffodils In Your Garden And In Containers

Pretty much anyone with a garden can benefit from planting daffodils.  These cheerful flowers display shades of peach, yellow, orange and pink, bursting into bloom as one of the first signs of spring.  The daffodil is known for its delicately cupped center and playful surrounding petals.  At the earliest parts of spring, an upright stem is the first foliage to appear to hint that flowers will soon follow.  These flowers look brilliant along patios, walkways or anywhere throughout your garden.

Planting Daffodils In The Garden

The first thing you need to do is select a location that is well-drained with plenty of sun.  Clear the site of rocks, sod and weeds and loosen the soil to about 12 inches deep.  Once your soil is loose, you can dig nice deep trenches between 10 and 12 inches in depth.

Prior to placing the bulbs, you should sprinkle in a bit of bonemeal to the hole.  Then, you will place the bulb in so that the pointed end is facing toward you.  Your bulbs should be planted a minimum of eight inches apart.  Cover your daffodil bulbs back up with soil and water well.

General Care

Planting daffodils certainly does not stop with placing the bulbs in the ground.  Even though it is traditionally the fall when you plant them, they need to be watered through the season.  To protect the bulbs from harsh winter weather, add a good three to four inches of organic mulch.  Later, at the end of winter, right before the weather starts warming up, you will remove the mulch and offer the plants a spring bulb formula fertilizer.  Resume watering again and then once the blooms die off, you can stop.

Daffodils should be allowed to die off naturally to provide extra nutrients to the plants.  After the foliage completely withers and turns brown, you can cut the plants back.  Begin watering the plants again in the fall to get them ready for winter, add fertilizer and then apply mulch.

Planting Daffodils In Containers

Daffodils can easily be maintained inside buckets and pots with proper nurturing and planning.  Your bulbs will typically provide you with six weeks of blooms.  When planting daffodils in containers, it is important to make sure that the bulbs do not have any blooms and that they are green.

Planting should take place in the early part of spring.  Put a few handfuls of fertilizer in the bottom of the container that you plan on using.  Always be careful that the daffodil bulbs never directly touch the fertilizer because they can become damaged from contact.

Pour dirt into the container until it is about one-third of the way full.  Place in one bulb with the point end facing up and cover with soil.  For the first week, it is important to water the bulbs everyday and then after this you can cut back to only watering when the plants are dry.  Place the container somewhere that it can receive full sun.

 

Toxicity

When planting daffodils it is extremely important that you are aware that the bulbs contain alkaloids, which are poisonous substances.  The sap is known to cause rashes and skin irritation so always handle the plants with caution.

These poisonous compounds disrupt cell division quickly and harm body tissue.  Consumption of the bulbs will typically result in vomiting and nausea and if not treated immediately can lead to death.  Daffodil bulbs also contain calcium oxalate crystals that create cuts in your skin that get irritated and cause a rash.

Additionally, the toxic compounds in daffodils can kill other flowers that are made to share a vase.  If you have an arrangement with daffodils and other varieties, you should change the water everyday to prevent the sap from destroying the other flowers.

Always wear gloves when you handle daffodil bulbs and wash your hands thoroughly when you are done.  Keep pets out of any places where bulbs are buried and if you suspect your pet has eaten one, you need to seek medical attention immediately.