Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – February to April
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Narcissus are bulbous, herbaceous perennial plants often known as the ‘Daffodil’. These plants display linear, strap-shaped leaves, leafless stems and distinctive blooms with a trumpet-shaped corona and otherwise spreading petals. Narcissus are one of the most popular and quintessential flowering bulbs that a sure sign of spring and warmer weather. There is a mass of varieties to choose from in a choice of colour, shape and size. This means they are suitable for a range of environments such as rockeries, border edging, window boxes and spring containers. Please take care when handling Narcissus, as they are toxic if ingested into your system and can cause irritation to the skin.
Narcissus are best planted in well-drained soil of sand, chalk and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. Prepare your soil well and work in plenty of organic matter such as well-rotted manure or compost. A good idea is to naturalise your daffodils in your lawn, where they can eventually spread and create a lovely drift. Plant your bulbs with the point facing upwards at a depth of at least twice the bulb height. Narcissus perform best in full sun or part shade.
Narcissus require very little care. If they aren’t flowering very well, provide a top-dress of slow release fertiliser around the base of your plant each spring. Deadhead the flowers once they fade so that the plant can store energy to enrich the bulb for next season. Don't tie up the foliage, instead let them die back naturally before cutting them.
It is possible to propagate Narcissus by offsets as the leaves fade during early summer.
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