If you’re a new gardener, with little experience, one of the best projects to begin with is growing daffodils. Daffodils are easy to grow and all it requires to grow them is healthy bulbs and fertile soil. It is that simple.
Firstly, you need to select your bulbs. It is wise for you to purchase your bulbs from a professional, reputable garden centre so that you can ensure that the bulbs are of the highest quality. Avoid purchasing them from your supermarket as these are usually old and of low quality. You should look for bulbs that are firm and fresh smelling. Choose larger bulbs if you want larger daffodils. It is best to buy your bulbs just before you are planning on planting them so they are fresh.
Next, you need to find the right place to plant them. Daffodil bulbs should be planted in autumn before the ground gets too cold. Once the leaves have fallen off of the trees, this is your cue to plant the bulbs. So approximately four weeks before the ground freezes, your bulbs need to be planted. Find a sunny garden bed for them because daffodils thrive in sunlight.
Daffodils do not mind being overcrowded. So when it comes to planting the bulbs, they only need to be spaced out a couple of inches per bulb. The place in which you’ll be planting the bulbs should be an area with well drained soil.
Dig a hole that is three times bigger than the bulb itself, using a spade. The bulbs must be placed in the ground with their pointy end facing upwards. After you have buried them well, you must fill the holes with soil. To prevent weeds occurring, cover the holes with leaves and grass. This will also help your daffodils to grow strong and healthy. Then you need to water them thoroughly to ensure they have enough moisture. Water them regularly until about three weeks after their blooms have appeared.
The following spring you’ll see your daffodils blooming and thriving in the sun. If you wish to fertilize your daffodils, remember to do it after they have finished blooming so that the roots can grow and bulbs can develop. When the flowers fade, make sure you leave the tops to die. There is no need to remove them. This way, you will be providing the plant with sufficient energy to allow it to grow, thrive and spread.
Daffodils are lovely to keep and enjoyable to see growing in your garden. However you must never remove the flower as this will damage the plant. To keep your garden bed thriving, you should not cut all the flowers and never cut the leaves. Once you have cut some of the flowers, spread compost over the bed in late spring. This will help them to recover and strengthen them.
These vibrant yellow flowers are a delight to see in your garden in spring. They bring color and joy to your garden. By far, they are one of the easiest flowers to grow. So this makes them the ideal project for novice gardeners. Many people like the idea of growing their own flowers but most dismiss the idea of actually doing it because they think it will be too costly and take up too much of their time. There are many flowers that you can grow that certainly don’t take up much of your time. Daffodils are a prime example. Once they are planted, there really isn’t much more you need to do. They more or less take care of themselves.