Growing and Saving Daffodils
Daffodils are easy-to-grow perennials that will thrive in most regions of the U.S., save the southernmost part of Florida.
Native to regions of North Africa and Europe. Named by Ancient Greek botanist and philosopher Theophrastus in his 10-volume, 300 BC work Historia Plantarum (Enquiry into Plants). Legend has it that narcissus (daffodils) were spread by the Roman army, and by the 16th century they were a popular ornamental across Europe.
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- Daffodil bulbs should be planted in fall, just before the first hard frost of the season.
- Plant bulbs 6 inches deep and 3 to 6 inches apart.
- Plant a few together for a nice effect in the garden.
- Daffodils prefer rich, sandy soil and full sun to part shade, but they are more adaptable and tolerant than other spring-flowering bulbs.
- Each bulb produces a tuft of foliage and many stems with blooms.
- A relatively pest-free plant. The milky sap and all other parts of daffodil are poisonous and should never be ingested.
- These perennials will return, and fill in, year after year.