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Daffodils

Daffodils:

Some types of daffodils:
  • Trumpet Daffodils.
  • Large-Cupped Daffodils.
  • Double Daffodils.
  • Jonquilla Daffodils.
  • Miniature Daffodils.
  • Poeticus Daffodils.
  • Small-Cupped Daffodils.
  • Split-Corona Daffodils.

Where do daffodils originate from?
The word ‘daffodil’ comes from ‘asphodel’, due to
their similar appearances. They originate from
meadows and woods in southern Europe and North
Africa.

What do daffodils symbolise?
The daffodil symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings.
Though daffodils do grow in shades of white and
orange, they are best known for their cheery yellow
hues. The Latin name for daffodil is Narcissus.
It is believed to be named after the son of the
river god from Greek mythology. Narcissus was
celebrated for his beauty, but he was arrogant. The
goddess Nemesis noticed this and lured him to a
pool where he fell in love with his own reflection.
Some sources say while he was staring at his
reflection nymphs transformed him into a narcissus
flower to get revenge for how he treated them.
Others think he drowned trying to capture his
reflection, and the flowers growing along the
riverbed were named after him. Some even liken the
nodding heads of daffodil flowers to Narcissus
bending down and gazing at his reflection.

How to grow daffodils:
1. Select high-quality daffodil bulbs that have
not been dried out. The larger the bulb, the
better.
2. Plant bulbs 1-½ to 5 times their own depth.
Where winters are severe, make sure there are
at least 3 inches of soil covering the bulb.
3. Daffodils will tolerate some crowding, but they
prefer to be spaced about 3 to 6 inches apart.
4. It may help to sprinkle a little bulb
fertilizer in the hole during planting.
5. Daffodils contain something called oxalic
acid—a substance that makes them unpalatable to
most rodent pests. However, if yours are being
bothered, consider adding sharp sharp pieces of
shells or a pelleted rodent deterrent into and
around each planting hole.

Do daffodils spread?
The first way that daffodils can multiply is
through seed production. If properly pollinated,
daffodils will grow seeds in the seed pods behind
their petals, which can be replanted. However, this
rarely happens on its own.

When should you plant daffodils?
It depends on where you live. Daffodils are known
to bloom close to Easter, roughly from March-April.
However, daffodil bulbs are best planted in
September-November.

How long do they last?
Daffodils bloom for around three weeks. However,
daffodils grow back every year in spring.