What is a Daffodil?
Daffodils are typically composed of six perianths, or petals, surrounding a cupped corona at the center of the flower. However, daffodils are a wide and varied species. There are several cultivars that stand out from the typical "rules," with unique shapes. Split-cup daffodils feature butterfly-like shape, with a split corona that may be ruffled. Double daffodils
feature twice as many petals. Small-cupped
daffodils bloom in the spring and late spring, respectively. And, species daffodils may not look like classic daffs, but are incredibly hardy and great for naturalizing.
Can Daffodil Bulbs be Planted in Spring?
Many gardeners want to know if daffodil bulbs can be planted in spring. The answer is yes–but they prefer to be planted in fall. When set in the autumn, daffodil bulbs will have time to settle into the ground before the dormant season. Wait to plant your daffodil bulbs until after the weather has cooled at the end of summer, and avoid planting when the warm weather may encourage your daffodils to sprout.
We will send your daffodil bulbs at the right time to plant. If you need to store daffodil bulbs until spring, keep them in a cool, dry place like a garage or outbuilding. Spread your bulbs in a single layer, and store them in a shallow box or paper bag. Be sure to keep a bit of space between the bulbs to allow air to circulate.
Do Daffodils have Special Meaning?
Daffodils' botanical name, Narcissus, stems from the Greek myth of a beautiful god who fell in love with his own reflection. Daffodils are a sign of spring or rebirth in many cultures, and a token of chivalry or fond regards in the Victorian language of flowers. The one-of-a-kind shape and stance of the daffodil means that many gardeners have their own associations with these unique flowers. After all, one of the best things about spring bulbs is the annual tradition of waiting for them to peek through the snow.
Are Daffodils Poisonous?
Daffodils are poisonous to cats, dogs, horses and humans, so plant them away from potential grazers. The bulbs are the most toxic part, and the leaves generally do not cause skin irritation, so these are safe plants to enjoy as long as they aren't ingested. Daffodils are not deadly to deer, but deer do tend to avoid the hard, unappetizing bulbs.