Daffodils

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  1. What Kind of Soil Do I Need to Use in Growing Indoor Daffodils?
  2. Forcing Daffodils
  3. Daffodils and Tulips in Containers
  4. How Do I Preserve Daffodil Bulbs Dug Up Today?
  5. Unplanted Fall Bulbs (Daffodils)
  6. Planting Daffodil Bulbs
  7. How do I get best results from bulbs with flowers already growing from them?
Asked by spanishdolphin on November 17, 2010
What Kind of Soil Do I Need to Use in Growing Indoor Daffodils?

Is it ok to use garden soil with it or only bulb fiber can be used?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can use any growing medium that is light, like potting soil, peat moss or the bulb fiber.

 

I would not recommend using true garden soil from your garden as it is rather heavy and will compact in the container. This will make it hard for the bulbs to grow roots well, which means the whole plant will not grow as well.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 5, 2011
Forcing Daffodils

Can you buy bulbs this time of year to force, or are they generally only available in the fall?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can, but you will want to look for bulbs that have been "pre-treated" to be forced. Otherwise, you will need to pre-treat them, and by the time they are pre-treated, the flowers outside will be blooming. This article has more information forcing bulbs: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/forcing-bulbs.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on January 15, 2011
Daffodils and Tulips in Containers

I bought containers and lots of bulbs last fall, but I did not make time for planting. I live in Memphis, and they have been sitting in my garage. Even here, we have had below normal temps since Dec. If I plant them this weekend, is there any hope for blooms this spring?Any particular advice? At this point, should I plant for sun or shade?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Unless your bulbs were bought pre-chilled, you will still want to chill them. While you have had below temperature weather, typically this will not be the case going forward and they may not bloom if they are not chilled.

If they were pre-chilled, as long as the ground is not frozen, you can go ahead and plant them

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Asked by vanbeeren on January 29, 2011
How Do I Preserve Daffodil Bulbs Dug Up Today?

My Grandmother brought daffodil bulbs from Holland many years ago. She recently passed away at 96 and I would like to preserve these lovely bulbs. The gardeners ripped up the sprouting tops of the plants with their weed-eaters. Consequently, I dug up the bulbs and took them home since the house is to be sold. Now I don’t know what to do with them! I would really like some advice on how I can best save and preserve these lovely and meaningful bulbs. The soil was moist and the tops were already fairly tall. Would it be best to bury them in soil asap?
Please help.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If the ground is not frozen, yes, plant them as soon as possible. If the ground is frozen, keep them in damp peat moss until they can be planted.

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vanbeeren

Thank-you so much! We're in California so the ground isn't frozen. I'll
plant the bulbs today. If you have a suggestion regarding the best soil
to plant them in it would be most appreciated.

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Asked by Anonymous on February 19, 2011
Unplanted Fall Bulbs (Daffodils)

I did it again. I bought daffadils last fall and never planted them. They are in my unheated, enclosed porch in their package. What can I do with them? If I potted them now, would they bloom this spring? What about forcing them? I hate to throw them out – again!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

As long as they have been chilled (which has happened since they were on an unheated porch) you can plant them in the ground as soon as it is workable (or in a pot, if you want them in a pot) and they will bloom.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 1, 2011
Planting Daffodil Bulbs

I purchased a potted daffodil plant a short time ago. It is now through blooming. I would like to prepare the bulbs for outside planting. I live in a winter climate, so I won’t be able to plant until spring (or late summer, if that is your recommendation). What do I do with the bulbs in the meantime?

Asked by daffodilboston on March 1, 2011
How Do I Get Best Results From Bulbs With Flowers Already Growing From Them?

Hello gardeners,

I live in the Boston, MA area, and it is now March (read: cold!). It is about to be my favorite time of year–daffodil season. I recently purchased from a local shop a glass forcing jar with a few mini-daffodil bulbs in it. The bulbs are suspended above water so the roots are just touching. The bulbs already have matured plants growing from them (6-8 inches tall by my geuss) with several blooms. How do I get the best results from these bulbs? Once the flowers naturally die, I want to save the bulbs or plant them outside so they’ll bloom next year, or perhaps save them to plant in soil for a springy houseplant.

I am an extreme novice, so any tips on how to get the best results would be appreciated!




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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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