I wandered lonely as a cloud. Nearly everybody loves Daffodils, a member of the Narcissus genus; other commonly grown members include Jonquil, Lent Lily, and Hoop Petticoat.
Narcissus are usually grown from hardy bulbs, and range from 7 to 45 cm (3 to 18 inches) in height.
Narcissus flower pictures by tibchris.
They have long leaves, and a cup or trumpet shaped middle surrounded by a ring of petals.
Narcissus flowers are usually yellow or white in colour and bloom in the spring.
When do Daffodils bloom? Daffodil flowers in the spring.
Narcissus pseudonarcissus (Wild Daffodils, Lent Lily) photograph by amandabhslater.
Common Names: Daffodil, Jonquil, Hop Petticoat, Lent Lily.
Life Cycle: Hardy bulb.
Height: 3 to 18 inches (8 to 45 cm).
Native: Europe. Western Asia. North Africa.
Growing Region: Zones 4 to 8.
It is easiest to grow Daffodil and other Narcissus members from bulbs.
When planting daffodil bulbs they should be buried about 7 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inches; small species) to 12 to 15 cm (5 to 6 inches; large species) deep in the autumn.
They should be spaced about 10 to 15 cm (5 to 6 inches) apart.
When planting, add bonemeal to the bottom of each hole. Daffodil likes to grow in sunny areas for best flowering.
Ideally the soil should be of pH 6 to 7.5 and have good drainage.
If growing from seeds outdoors then use fresh seeds (end of summer), sow into flats, and lightly cover the daffodil seeds.
The flats should then be sunk into a shady part of the garden and covered with glass (keep moist).
Germination should take about 4 to 8 weeks.
Allow the daffodil seedlings to grow for a further two years before transplanting in the autumn. It will take at least three, and up to nine years before seed grown Narcissus will bloom.
Narcissus are easy to care for and look after in the garden. When flowering Narcissus should be watered during prolonged dry periods. Feed with a low nitrogen fertilizer every spring.
Once the Narcissus flower has finished blooming cut the stalks to the ground.
If you require more Narcissus plants, then they can be propagated by dividing daffodils as soon as the foliage has succumbed completely.
I hope that you found this guide on how to grow grow Narcissus plants in your garden. You may also enjoy my gardening guides on how to grow Tulips, Galanthus plant, and Crocus plants.