Friday, June 5, 2009

Daffodil Bulbs

Zones: 4 to 11

Daffodils have always been a sign of Spring arriving. They are easy to grow and the bulbs multiply in the ground every year. They don't mind cold or hot weather. Flower colors are usually white or yellow, sometimes with other colors like orange or pink in the center. There are large and minature Daffodils, from 6 to 10 inches for dwarf varities, up to 1-1 1/2 feet tall for the largest. They like partial to full sun. Like Tulips, Daffodils have early, and mid Spring blooming. You plant the bulbs 5-8 inches into the ground. The Minnow Daffodil is a dwarf bulb that has very tiny and wonderful multiple flowers on each stem! Plant Daffodil bulbs in the Fall. A good thing is that gophers and deer don't like to eat Daffodils. Always be sure to keep all bulb leaves on the plant until they get yellow, because the bulb is still growing and storing up food from the leaves for next year! Make sure Daffodils have good drainage so that they don't have water left sitting around the bulb.