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Daffodil flowers are a favorite spring bulb to plant by gardeners because it grows favorably in most climates of the United States, and the beautifully scented blooms predictably announce the beginning of spring and add new color to winter barren landscapes. There are thousands of varieties of daffodil bulbs, most being native flowering bulbs of Europe and the Orient. The daffodil bulbs flower in colors of white, yellow, orange and rarely pink, and several flowers can grow from the top of the stem, each flower with a background of 6 joined petals with a cup or trumpet attachment to the center.

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    Daffodils have been hybridized by Dutch bulbsmen who created many flower forms that are unseen in the historic old time daffodil bulb blooms. Yellow daffodils are the most popular daffodil bulbs followed by the white and orange. A newcomer pink color daffodil is especially charming when grown as a containerized plant. The sweet fragrance of daffodils is distinctive, especially as the afternoon sun rays warm the golden petals and slight breezes waft the delicious aroma toward daffodil worshipers.
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    Daffodils are the true harbingers of spring in the United States. The flower stems appear suddenly in March, and in the South, where the bulbs are liberally planted in crowded rows, flowers appear in magnificent succession for several weeks in colors of golden yellow, white and bi-colors, releasing their delicious fragrance for all to breathe in to greet the new season and end the resting dormancy of the daffodil bulbs.
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    White daffodil flowers are much more unusual than the yellow or white daffodils and are perfect floral specimens for spring cut-flower displays embedded with a delicious aromatic scent that fills the room. When Planted outside in the landscape, these bulbs will begin flowering in early spring and are often planted in pure white colored beds or inter-planted with other colors such as gold or bi-colors.

Everything You Need to Know About Daffodil Bulbs

• Daffodil bulbs are one of the most important flowering bulbs in the United States, and in the Southern States the daffodil bulbs will live for many years and are considered the most important flowering bulb for a number of reasons. Daffodil plants and bulbs are extremely cold hardy to USDA climate zones of 3 -9, and once planted, the daffodil bulb increases in size by dividing into bulblet separation from the mother bulb, and eventually, large clumps form. After growing for 3 years, a clump may contain 25 daffodil bulbs or more. These clumps should be divided about every 4 years, because the clump begins to bury itself deeper each year and the daffodil flowers become smaller and smaller, until the clump is divided into individual bulbs and replanted. As the roots of these daffodil bulbs grow each year, the bulb is self-planted deeper following the leaves color change to yellow and entrance into dormancy during the early summer. While the bulbs are resting and dormant during the entire summer, the commercial growers dig them for curing, sorting by size and a chilling treatment for 15 weeks at a very cool temperature that is necessary to ripen them for sure-fire blooming in the fall season in the South and in the spring in the Northern States. When planted in pots the daffodils can be forced to bloom sooner by florists or by the home gardener who wishes to have containerized flowering plants during the fall and winter.

• Daffodils plants bloom in many colors, the most common and popular colors being white, yellow and bi-color, but there are many other color shades of pink cream, orange, salmon and the rarest color, red. Bi-colored flowers can alternate in various color patterns, and some daffodil and jonquil flowers form double layers of flower petals like a rose or carnation. All daffodil flowers are treasured for their extreme fragrance Most daffodil bulbs grow flat leaves, some grooved, but jonquils grow round, hollow leaves that are pointed, and the flowers of daffodil plants are smaller and more numerous (4 or more), whereas, daffodil flowers grow normally with only one large flower per stem. Both daffodil bulbs and jonquil bulbs are correctly named: 'Narcissus,,' singular and 'Narcissi,' plural. Most Daffodil bulbs grow into plants 12 -18 inches tall, except for the miniatures that grow 6 – 12 inches, and the dwarf or miniature daffodils are normally potted for forcing into early bloom, or they can be planted in rock gardens or in front of taller daffodil bulb cultivars that flower into a dramatic, unfolding, colorama when planted close together in large beds. Most daffodils bulbs are planted out-of-doors in groups of 6 - 8, or they can be massively planted into huge landscape beds in urban or park city scapes.

• After flowering the leaves should be allowed to turn yellow and the daffodil bulbs are allowed to shrink up before digging the clumps during the summer for replanting – usually after 4 years, and the best fertilizer to apply is 10-10-10 with extra applications of bonemeal that contains high concentrations of phosphorous, a chemical element that triggers powerful vivid flowering. Daffodil plants do not normally have any requirement for being watered, unless they are to be potted for forcing for out-of-season flowers.

• Narcissus bulbs all contain alkaloid poisons that make them rabbit and deer-proof, and animal pets, such as dogs seem to instinctively know to avoid all poisonous parts of daffodil plants, whether growing outside or in containers. Vineyard owners and fruit orchard growers often plant a few daffodils at the base of their berry and grape plants or fruit trees, especially protecting the fresh bark of the trees and the fleshy roots, and the growing daffodils poisonous parts will prevent rodent damage and deer damage, since the plants parts are poisonous for them to eat which these wild and domestic animals seem to instinctively avoid.