Get to know your daffodils
You know that spring has eventually sprung when the daffodils are out.
Here at Potter & Rest HQ in the Westcountry we’ve got daffodils out already, however it may be a bit premature to say spring is here just yet.
But what is a daffodil and what is a narcissus? All members of the genus narcissus are commonly known as daffodils so they are one and the same thing.
Jolly varieties that generally bloom first include Narcissus ‘Avalanche’, ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and ‘Tête-à-Tête’.
If you have a patio or a small outdoor space, but would like to have some daffodils to lift the mood on the darkest of January to March days, then here is our guru’s guide to growing them in pots and containers.
Select a container. Check how many bulbs you can include in it given the space available. Use a soil-based compost such as John Innes No. 2 mixed with about a quarter of grit. If you plant your bulbs deep enough, approx. 10-15cm deep, you can overplant with summer flowering bulbs or bedding without disturbing the narcissi below. This is great for small gardens, patios or balconies where space is at a premium.
Great for pots and containers are Narcissus ‘W. P Milner’ – it has wonderful, silvery foliage that looks good before it even flowers, and ‘Segovia’.
If you’re looking for varieties that are good as cut flowers to bring indoors, go for multi-headed, lightly scented ones that have a decent vase life, such as ‘Silver Chimes’. Extend the life of the flowers you take indoors by keeping them in a cool place and popping a drop of vinegar into the water in the vase.
Daffodil bulbs need to be planted in the autumn but you can pre-order yours from us all year round to get ahead of the game.
If you pre-order this month (January, 2015) for delivery in August/September then you can also benefit from our 20% off the RRP offer. To claim your discount, apply this code at checkout (20%offP&R). For terms and conditions, see here.