Every season we walk the paddocks, checking on our growing bulbs. As we go we notice some varieties stand our more than others, this daffodil was a stand out in this season’s selection.
From literal fields of strong contenders, we carefully select our Top Eight Daffodil varieties. They are chosen above others based on their garden staying power, longevity of bloom, beauty and substance. They are certainly garden worthy.
Daffodils are easy and they like the simple things in life; sun and a well drained soil.
Plant Daffodil bulbs three times as deep as the bulb is high, with the pointy end up. The depth will protect them from heat and soil erosion, as well as providing strength for the stem. Space your Daffodils 5-10cm or apart. You can allow more space if you are leaving the bulbs in to naturalise, though planting them closer will give a more dramatic display. We like to plant ours three to a hole to create instant impact. We have found doing this among perennial plantings is particularly useful as the little pockets of early colour last well, then the fading foliage is hidden by the emerging perennials.
Once the flowering has finished it is ideal to remove the flower stem or the seed head as this stops the plant focusing on seed production, it will instead put its energy back into the vitality of the bulb and potential offsets.
It is best to allow the foliage to remain until it has yellowed as this is when the bulbs are gathering energy and nutrients for next year’s blooms. Keep the plants relatively moist during this time, and add a little general purpose fertiliser. Daffodils like Potash and slow release fertiliser brands which are low in nitrogen (this means more flowers and less foliage), and you won’t need much as they are not heavy feeders.
Tesselaar’s Top Eight Daffodils, five of each variety separately labelled. Includes ‘Peaches and Cream’, ‘Hollands Chase’, ‘High Society’ and ‘Candy Princess’.
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Cool to Sub-Tropical
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