The Narcissus, of the genus Narcissus is a spring-flowering, bulbous plant that is a favorite with gardeners. It comes in many species and horticultural varieties, only a few of which flower in autumn. The Narcissus is very easy to grow and though it is content with very little care, it blooms more and more profusely year after year. Let’s do a check in.
This is from September and until November that we plant this bulbous perennial which blooms in the spring. The ideal is to install the narcissus in the garden or in a pot early enough so that they have time to take root well. The flowering will be all the more beautiful. Planting narcissi does not present any difficulty. It proceeds as follows.
- Prepare the garden soil on a spade height,
- Remove stones, weed roots,
- Break up the clods so that the soil is well loosened,
- Make the planting holes bulb planter,
- Place one Narcissus onion per hole, ensuring that it is in good contact with the bottom, the flat part must be below and the most pointed upwards,
- fill in the holes,
- Water moderately if the weather is not rainy.
The planting depth recommended is about fifteen centimetres, or more precisely 2.5 times that of the bulb, or even a little higher in regions with a harsh climate.
For a cultivation of narcissus in a pot or planterwe do not hesitate to prepare our own substrate which can be a mixture of 40% planting soil, 30% good garden soil and 30% not too coarse sand.
Daffodils thrive in both shade and sun, and they like loose, rich, cool but well-drained soil. They are used in groups, alone or paired with other spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, grape hyacinths, fritillaries, hyacinths and many more. It is thus possible to create monochrome or multicolored keys according to the desired effect.
Narcissus settle at the foot of trees, in rockery, along the path, in beds, in planters on the terrace or balcony. They are just as wonderful when planted in large numbers in the lawn for a very natural touch, the lawn even having a little wild side. But in this case, we obviously refrain from mowing as long as the narcissus leaves are not completely dried out.
Take care of your daffodils
The Narcissus is suitable for all gardeners, even beginners, because it is undemanding.
Light watering is carried out when planting Narcissus. During the summer, they need dryness because it favors the formation of pimples. On the other hand, in autumn and winter, they are quite capable of withstanding a certain humidity.
At the time of flowering, a supply offertilizer for bulbous plants is advised.
After flowering, the narcissus go to seed, which depletes them considerably. It is therefore strongly recommended to cut faded flowers gradually in order to avoid this bolting and therefore to preserve the vigor of the plants.
On the other hand, it is necessary always keep foliage as long as it is vert. Do not cut narcissus leaves until they are completely dry. Thus, thanks to the foliage, the bulbs will have been able to reconstitute their reserves without which the narcissus could not bloom again the following year and so on.
Narcissus bulbs should be left in the ground after leaf wilting. This allows them to naturalize. It is also essential so that over the years the plants produce more and more flowers and spread spontaneously.
They can, however, be dug up in order to move them if we notice that the narcissus bloom less than in previous years.
Pests and diseases
Even if it can sometimes be touched by the Narcissus fly, we can rejoice in its great resistance. The Narcissus is not really sensitive to parasites and no disease particularly concerns it. You just have to avoid bathing in water as this can lead to plant rot in the medium term.
No one remains insensitive to the beauty of flowers in crown (trumpet) of Narcissus, whose corolla has six petals. They exhale a subtle fragrance and, depending on the species and horticultural varieties cultivated, the flowering of narcissus is spread over several months. The earliest bloom from the second half of February while others produce their flowers later.
It is therefore in the gardener’s best interest to find out before purchase about the specific flowering periods for judicious planting. He will thus have the pleasure of admiring his Narcissus February to May. And of course, he will no doubt also have a crush on a few bulbs of real daffodil (Narcissus jonquil) whose pretty flowers are bright yellow.