Here at Plant Exchange Blog, the snow is mostly gone today, frosty days and nights appear to be declining, and daffodils are in bloom. As with Wordsworth, our hearts also dance with the yellow daffodils!
Daffodils are members of the amaryllis family that are native in southern Europe. The bulbs were planted in ancient Greece and are grown in large drifts of color in the Netherlands for the past two hundred years. Daffodils are enjoyed in flowerbed displays and as cut flower bouquets.
In this region, the bulbs are usually planted in the fall and are one of the first signs of spring. The herbaceous perennials divide year to year and can be left the place to overwinter to naturalize in the landscape. Due to alkaloids in their stems and leaves, daffodils are seldom chosen by deer, rabbits, or other wildlife for food.
Fall planting does require delayed gratification to enjoy the daffodil blooms. Bulbs need to be planted in flowerbeds by about early November in this region. The bulbs require a period of cold treatment.
With busy lives, another option is to plant daffodil bulbs in potting mix in a large container and place it in a cold garage over the winter, away from light. Water the soil lightly. Place the container outdoors as soon as outdoor daffodil leaves emerge.
This container of daffodils has survived two heavy snowfalls and many hard frosts since it was set outdoors. Containers are handy to display and grow flowers in locations where a flowerbed is inconvenient.
Not all the daffodil bulbs were planted last fall; a bag of them remained in the salad section of a refrigerator to force for a table display in winter. That didn’t happen.
In late winter, these were placed in potting mix in a container, watered, and put on a sunny deck. It appears that not all the bulbs are viable, but many may grow and bloom later. (Probably not a stellar idea.)
Any daffodil thoughts before you go? Thanks for your visit!