How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs – The narcissus is a plant belonging to the family Amaryllidaceae that is composed of 60 genera and 800 different species. It is a great acquaintance of gardeners around the world and is used profusely especially in places of temperate or subtropical climate. Its main asset is its lush yellow or white flowers although the center of the flower is usually a stronger tone, yellow in the case of white and even orange in the case of yellow.
The main characteristic of the narcissus is that it is a bulbous plant. The bulbs have the mission to accumulate nutrients to help in the germination and growth of the plant. These small onions are usually planted in autumn although if we do not live in a cold place we can grow them all year round.
It is a rustic and vigorous plant that reaches about 70 cm in height. It is very easy to grow. In autumn it is also the time when the narcissus loses its aerial part and the bulbs remain underground, latent until the new resurgence in the following spring. Anyway, they are usually unearthed to keep them in a cool and dry place, between 5 and 10ºC. This way we avoid the excessive cold of the winter, if any, and above all, we keep them safe from predators like caterpillars.
How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs
The flowers of the narcissus are not only beautiful and striking but also exhale a very pleasant soft perfume. Its ideal cultivation temperature is between 16 and 20ºC so it can be grown in large areas around the planet. What does not tolerate anything well are the intense cold. The ideal soil for the cultivation of narcissus is one that has good drainage but retains a little moisture without reaching the pond. The narcissus is grateful that the soil always has a certain degree of humidity. It must also be a rich and fertile soil. We can also grow the narcissus in a pot and choose a substrate rich in humus. We will create a layer of gravel in the bottom to favor drainage.
The narcissus bulbs are buried at a depth of 15 cm. Therefore with a pot about 25 cm deep, we will have enough. We must control the irrigation a lot because any excess can lead to rotting problems of the roots. Once a week or when we see that the substrate begins to be dry it will be enough. The reproduction of the daffodils is usually done by means of the bulbs although it also reproduces spontaneously by the seeds that it produces.