When to Plant
- Plant bulbs by end of September for best showing and as soon as possible after you receive them
- The roots of the bulbs will start to grow almost as soon as you plant them.
- The earlier they are planted, the stronger the plant and flowers will be.
Preparing the Soil
- Choose an area that is freely drained as bulbs will rot in waterlogged areas -If the soil is damp, then have a little bit of sandy compost ready to ensure that the planted bulb has a soil ‘jacket’ with no gaps as with lumpy clay soils.
- Prepare the soil before planting by loosening to a depth of at least 10 inches
Planting the Bulbs
- Work out the planting depth by roughly measuring the bulb from base to tip and doubling or tripling this length – this figure is the rough planting depth. e.g. a 5cm (2in) high bulb should be 10-15cm (4-6in) below soil level
- Space each bulb at least twice the bulb’s own width apart
- Dig a hole wide and deep enough, using a sturdy trowel/fork or bulb planter & drop the bulb into the hole, making sure that the pointed growing tip facing upwards
- Cover the bulb with soil and gently firm the earth around the bulbs to fill any pockets of air.
- At planting time, a good dressing of slow acting bonemeal fertilizer, will help the bulbs get established, and also ensure good blooms the following spring.
- If the soil is damp, add a little bit of sandy compost to ensure the planted bulb has a soil ‘jacket’ with no gaps as with lumpy clay soils. (Avoid treading on the soil as this can damage the bulbs)
Aftercare of Daffodils
- Look after your Daffodils after they have finished flowering for a good show the following year as well.
- Remove all of the faded flowers as soon as possible – including the little bulbous seed head that soon forms behind the fading flowers.
- Never cut the foliage off – let it die down naturally, for during this time, the foliage is necessary for supplying the underground bulb with the food it needs in order to start preparing its flower buds inside, ready for next spring.
- Where they are annoyingly untidy a compromise can be made by trimming anytime after 25th of May, after which little damage will be done
- Right after flowering, feed the area with a good liquid feed – tomato feed is suitable – over the foliage and into the ground. This helps the bulb to build up the reserves it needs to produce flower buds throughout the early summer – but still unseen – inside the bulb!