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Daffodils herald the Spring

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Published: 16/03/2017   Last Updated: 16/03/2017  
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All of a sudden daffodils seem to be in bloom everywhere and they have long been thought of as the true heralds of Spring. There common name is Daffodil but their Latin name is actually Narcissus

and they come from a group of bulbs that typically flower from February to early May. Planted in the autumn, they spend several months developing roots before the flowers burst forth in spring. They are one of the easiest bulbs to grow and can be planted in borders and containers although they prefer the sun or light shade.

Daffodils can actually be divided into 13 divisions! These divisions are based mainly on flower form, but some divisions are known particularly for their smell of spring, or for their ability to naturalise in grass. If you have some daffs in your garden and want to make sure you have more next spring why not have a go at helping them propagate. They are pretty good at division meaning they naturally produce offsets (baby bulbs) next to the parent bulb. Some bulbs naturally propagate themselves by seed if you leave their heads on long enough to dry out. 

If you are an avid gardener you can also collect seeds and try growing some yourself. Once the flowers have dried out. Separate from the chaff and Sow seed thinly on the surface of seed compost. They will need to be in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse over winter. Some seed will germinate straight away, sending up a shoot (these bulbs are referred to as epigeal) The seedlings can usually be potted up in their second year. They can take a number of years to develop to flowering size but their riot of yellow are worth the wait.
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