Daffodils for Descanso Gardens
Daffodil ( Narcissus ) is the club's signature flower.
It grows from a fall-planted bulb, and is impervious to almost any pest.
It blooms in spring in shades of yellow, white, orange and pink and stands
from three inches to a foot or more.
Daffodils are highly fragrant, depending on the variety.
They can be planted in borders or rock gardens, scattered in wild areas or
clustered together as focal points.
They also make excellent container plants.
- Location: Plant in full sun.
- Soil: Plant in any well-drained soil.
- Water: Daffodils only need water when the rainy season doesn't happen,
then let the soil dry out between waterings, and provide deep
water periodically. Water occasionally during dormant season
if the ground seems very dry.
- Pruning: Cut back dead flower stems to prevent seed formation.
Daffodils live longer if they don't expend their bulb energy
- Seasonal Care:
Pull away dead foliage after the leaves turn brown.
Leave foliage until it is absolutely dead in order to store
energy in the bulb for the following year's bloom.
Plant new bulbs one and a half times their depth after the first heavy
Divide old bulbs when they seem overcrowded.
- SOURCES: Local nurseries and mail order sources.
- ORGANIZATIONS: There is much more to know about daffodils.
Check out the
American Daffodil Society.
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