About Planting Daffodil Bulbs- Suitable For Raised Garden Beds

Planting daffodil bulbs is very simple. To be honest, everyone should do this. Whether you are a novice gardener or have always put your hands in the soil, whether you live in Northern California or Northern New York, you can easily grow narcissus. Happiness, hope and renewal are all related to these beautiful flowers. Narcissus is a sturdy plant that bounces back after snowfall, and some also thrive in the heat deep in the south or west. Once you plant daffodils, they will come back year after year and even breed. Here is how and when to plant daffodil bulbs to enjoy their cheerful colors for the coming spring. It is also a good choice for raised garden beds.

raised garden beds

Species of Narcissus

Narcissus (Narcissus) is the antidote to winter depression. Choose bulbs from all three flowering times: early, mid season or late, and keep daffodils performing in your garden for months. If you want the first possible flower, try "Rijnveld's Early Feeling", a classic yellow trumpet daffodil that blooms in January or February. The early miniature yellow "Taite Taite" deserves a starring position next to the walk in front of you.

17 best daffodils to light your garden

Becky Heath, a narcissus expert of Brent and Becky bulbs, pointed out that most popular narcissus flowers in the middle season. For many climates, March and April are six to eight weeks. She recommended the poet's daffodils, such as "Actaea", as the last blooming daffodils. Go around and look for the wind blown appearance of the circular daffodils and foam shaped daffodils. The colors range from yellow to white, two colors, orange and even pink.

When to plant narcissus bulbs

Once you choose which type to plant, you need to put the daffodil bulbs in the field at the right time. Bulbs need to develop roots before the ground freezes. The soil temperature should be 55-60 ° F, which will signal the bulb to take root. Any warming and bulb may start to germinate early.

raised garden beds

The planting time depends on your region, but it is usually September and October. The life cycle of narcissus requires moderately cold winter, so if you plant in USDA5-7 area, you will be in the best condition. Southern gardeners in USDA District 8-10 will have the best luck with the Jonquil daffodils. Gardeners in warm western regions can get repeated performances from "Barrett Browning" and "Talia" when they cool down at night. But for stubborn narcissus lovers in warm climates such as San Diego and Florida, narcissus sellers will come to rescue, pre cool the bulbs and deliver them to you for planting in December or January.

How to plant daffodil bulbs

Narcissus has two main requirements: sunshine and drainage. To make sure your daffodils get plenty of sunlight in spring, plant bulbs in open spaces or under trees that lose their leaves every year. Provide the required drainage system for these bulbs by planting them on slopes (never in wet places). No slope, no problem. Create a good drainage system in the horizontal area where you want to plant daffodils by digging a large hole about 8 inches deep and loosening it in the whole soil.

raised garden beds

Planting daffodils in groups of 5 or more can create the most eye-catching flower display. If you have space, a hill at the edge of the forest land is the ideal place for so-called "naturalization". In order to achieve this goal, daffodils like "ice pick" are selected. They are described as good naturalization agents, which means that they will breed and spread in a region over time. The daffodil bulbs are planted into 10 blocks with space in the middle to allow propagation, and new drifts are added every year as needed.

In the garden bed or domestication, a good planting technique for planting a large number of narcissus bulbs at a time is to dig any irregular shaped ditch, such as tears. If you want to plug one bulb at a time in an already planted garden, use a slender shovel or spatula, a bulb planting tool, or even a auger connected to an electric drill to create individual holes. Plant daffodil bulbs about 6 inches apart (if you plant them in containers, you can wrap them about a finger wide distance for a big show).

The American Narcissus Association recommends planting the bottom of the bulb at least three times the height of the bulb. For example, you would make a 6-inch deep hole for a 2-inch high bulb. Not all narcissus bulbs are the same size, so quickly measure your narcissus bulbs before digging.

raised garden beds

Mix a small amount of phosphorus with the soil at the bottom of the hole or ditch. Phosphorus is an original nutrient, so it's time to put it near the bulb. If you have acid soil, use soft rock phosphorus. For alkaline soils, use seabird droppings. Do not add bone meal, because it may attract four legged pests, and do not use too strong superphosphate.

Place the bulb in the hole or groove with the tip upward. Mix 1 part of compost into about 3 parts of soil you dig to plant bulbs and fill holes or ditches with this mixture. Gently press the filled soil on the bulb and thoroughly water it.

What to plant with daffodil bulbs

When planting narcissus bulbs, you can create a spring flower rainbow by mixing other spring blooming bulbs with them. Hyacinth and tulip can enter at the same depth as daffodils at the same interval. More interesting is the layering in miniature bulbs that are not often planted; They are even called "little bulbs". Some of them may become snacks for squirrels, but most of them will bloom in blue, white, yellow or pink for you. For example, try crocuses that bloom before daffodils or grape hyacinths, which usually bloom at the same time as mid stage daffodils such as mugs. Smaller bulbs don't need to be planted that deep, usually about 3 inches. The planting area is then covered with compost and soil mixture, compacted and watered.

raised garden beds

Another good planting strategy is to place narcissus bulbs around perennial plants, which will cover the dying bulb leaves in spring. Narcissus don't like extra water in summer, so choose their plant mates accordingly. If the narcissus is located under a tree with green leaves at the end of spring, a series of dry perennial trees will be placed underground while planting narcissus. For dry, sunny areas, the classic successor to narcissus is lily.

How to transplant daffodil bulbs

Once the flower fades, cut off the flower, otherwise the plant will waste energy to produce seed pods. The leaves will continue to feed the bulbs until the leaves turn yellow (after about 8 weeks). At that time, you can cut off the stems and leaves and put them in the compost pile.

In 3-5 years, your daffodils may produce fewer flowers because they become more crowded. After the leaves wither, the space for daffodils is expanded by cutting and replanting bulbs. Dig out the bulbs with a garden fork, spread them out, separate any smaller bulbs from the main bulb, and replant them according to the instructions above.

raised garden beds

You can also store the newly split bulbs until the autumn planting time. First, wash off any dirt on the bulbs and let them dry for a week. Then place the dry balls in a mesh onion bag or pantyhose and store them in a cool, dry place. Plant them back in your garden in autumn to help you create an increasingly colorful spring welcome.