What’s not to love about daffodils?
Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 10, 2019
Daffodils are in full bloom across the county and it’s one of the best blooms in years for the spring flowering bulb.
The bulbs seem to be everywhere, not only complimenting our landscapes, but also sprinkled the along roadways, near abandoned houses, and even in forests throughout the county.
The durability of the daffodil bulb makes it a favorite for home gardeners. It seems capable of surviving on total neglect for decades.
One of the major reasons for the bulb’s longevity is that the bulbs themselves, and their leaves, are highly poisonous. Squirrels, voles, mice and other potential bulb feeders avoid this bulb.
Daffodils also have no major insect or disease problems.
As the blooms fade, keep daffodil leaves as healthy as possible. You may want to sprinkle a light fertilizer application to encourage next season’s bloom formation.
As summer weather arrives, the leaves will gradually wilt, turn yellow, and fall. At this time, cut the declining leaves back to neaten the landscape.
Daffodil bulbs should be planted in the fall. Existing daffodils can also be moved to different locations. Dig the bulbs when dormant and gently pull apart to separate. Be careful not to damage tender bulbs. Relocate them in an area that is well-drained with plenty of light.
Go to https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/narcissus-spp/ for more detailed information.