The narcissus is an iconic late winter flower, appreciated for its beautiful bloom.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Narcissus
Family : Amaryllidaceae
Type: Spring bulb
Height : 10 to 40 cm
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Ordinary
Flowering : Spring
Planting and maintenance will improve flowering, which can even become a real spectacle when the daffodils are planted in groups.
Planting the narcissus
Daffodils are easy, bulbous flowers that thrive in most gardens but will bloom best in rather rich soils.
For flowering in the garden:
Daffodil bulbs are best planted in the month of September October and November.
- Make a hole of about 3 times the height of the bulb in order to protect it from winter frosts.
- The narcissus bulb is planted there point up.
- Plant them by tens in the same place to create real color spots!
- You can vary the sun exposure so that you have different flowering times.
Respect a 5-10 cm spacing between each bulb and create several "spots" by planting the bulbs in groups of 10-15 bulbs.
- Also find our advice sheet dedicated to planting bulbs
Indoor potted narcissus:
Florists offer potted daffodils during winter.
We are outside of classic flowering periods because the bulbs have been strengths.
You too canforce your narcissus to flower indoors from your home, from fall through early spring.
- From September and until January,
- In a pot or a cup, make a bed of potting soil about 3 or 4 cm.
- Place 2 or 3 narcissus bulbs so that they touch each other for a nice compact effect.
- Cover with potting soil, just letting the tips of the bulbs stick out.
- Place everything in a cool place, dark and relatively humid.
- As soon as the leaves come out, place the cup in a bright place and a little less cool (about 10-15 °)
- A few days later you can put them in your house to enjoy the flowering.
Born cut the leaves of the narcissus before they have well yellowed because this step allows them to build up their reserves in view of the next flowering.
Indeed, if you remove the foliage from the daffodils just after flowering, they will not have enough reserves to bloom again the following year.
So you can continue to water after flowering and even add fertilizer for flowering plants.
Thepotted narcissus is intended to flower our interiors in winter. It is difficult to keep it in its pot because it will not bloom again, unless you put it outside after flowering.
- You can still put the bulbs in the ground outside for flowering within 1 or 2 years, but this is not always guaranteed.
To know about the narcissus
The narcissus knows many varieties like the "daffodil "(Narcissus jonquilla) which enchants our gardens at the end of winter.
Although the flowering time of the narcissus is relatively short (around 15 days), you will appreciate its small tufts of color while the tulips have not yet released.
On the legendary side, the narcissus comes from the Greek mythology. Narcissus was a handsome young man who, after brutally rejecting the love of the nymph Echo, was punished by the gods and condemned to love only his own person (hence the narcissism)
Every day, he would then contemplate the reflection of his image in a fountain. One day he even tried to kiss her, drowned and turned into a flower, the narcissus.
Smart tip about narcissus
Once the leaves have wilted, the narcissus can be cut down to the ground, it will start again the following year!
Be careful, do not mower before the foliage is completely wilted or they will not bloom again the following year.