Daffodils the first sign of Spring
Lilly Morefield, KPI Staff Reporter
Daffodils the first sign of spring
The sunny, yellow daffodils are a wonderful sign that spring has arrived!
The bright happy flowers are the first to pop out of the ground giving folks a welcome sign to spring. They can be spotted along road ways, in wooded area and many remote places you may not see any other flowers blooming.
Add daffodils bulbs to your garden or landscape for early spectacular eye catching beauty. Plant the bulbs in the fall and they will bloom in early spring. Daffodils are hardy and easy perennials to grow in most areas in North America, except Southern Florida.
Daffodils are easy to plant grow and maintain. When planting select a site that offers full sun or part shade. Most daffodils tolerate a range of soils but grow best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is moist during the growing season. Many of the popular species prefer neutral to acidic soils, but some prefer slightly alkaline soils.
Their attractive flowers usually bear showy yellow or white flowers with six petals and a trumpet-shape central corona. Leafless stems bear between 1 and 20 flowers; sometimes the flowers need to be staked so that they don't weigh down the stems.
Daffodils are suitable for planting between shrubs or in a border, or for forcing blooms indoors. They also look wonderful in a woodland garden and in large groves. You'll find that many gardeners plant the bulbs not just by the dozens but by the hundreds.
The flowers are excellent for cutting and using in bouquets. When cut, daffodils should be kept alone in a vase, as their stems secrete a fluid that promotes the wilting of other flowers. If you must combine them, soak them by themselves for as long as possible, then rinse them and add them to the arrangement last.