Daffodils are a spring perennial plant. They grow from a bulb with flowers that are generally white or yellow and often bloom in clusters. Daffodils are shaped like a trumpet with a ring of petals all around.
|Light||Place in a sunny area|
|Water||Ensure soil is well drained, Daffodils need lots of water while they are growing.|
|Temperature||Prefer warmer spring temperatures to flower|
Bulbs have a deep and extensive history. Many names of bulbs stem from Greek and Roman mythology and lore. Bulbs are widely known in Europe and have been found throughout North Africa, Greece, Turkey, and China.
After flowers on spring-flowering bulbs fade, remove them so the plants don’t invest energy in developing seeds. You want them putting their energy back into the bulb. Do not remove foliage until it turns yellow and dies back naturally. For tulips and daffodils, this may be as late as mid-July. Cut off foliage at ground level and remove it to prevent disease. Take as few leaves as possible if cutting blooms to bring inside. The traditional English gardening practice of bunching and tying leaves is best avoided as it reduces their exposure to the sun during a critical time when they actually need maximum exposure to sun.
Most spring bulbs emerge and bloom in spring. Then their foliage starts to fade and by midsummer they go dormant.
After several years, Daffodils form clumps of multiple bulbs. The size of their flowers and length of their stems decreases as the bulbs become overcrowded. Wait until after the foliage dies, then dig up the bulbs, separate them, and replant them with wider spacings. You can replant them immediately after you dig them in June or July, or you can wash off excess soil, dry them, and store them in shallow boxes in a cool, dry, airy place until fall planting time. Replant only the largest bulbs in your flower beds. Plant the smaller bulbs in a nursery bed for a season or two until they reach flowering size.
Clean off excess soil and store in a cool (60 degrees F to 65 degrees F), dry place over winter. Avoid storing bulbs at temperatures below 50˚F or above 70˚F.