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'Daffodil' is a plant in the Narcissus genus with a scientific name of Narcissus.

Daffodils have bright green strap shaped leaves that show in early spring followed by the flower bud
Daffodils traditionally have bright yellow petals surrounding a yellow trumpet, but many
different varieties exist in both size and colour. These range from mini flowers suitable for rockeries or pots to large blooms that are not lost in a natural setting of a field or orchard. Many shades of yellow flowers exist from white though cram to orange. Some flowers have one shade on the outer petals with the trumpet in another shade. Some daffodils are fragrant
This plant is toxic to pets. 1

Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 6.0 cm (2.34 inches imperial) and produce a floral fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours:   Pastel yellow and   Canary yellow and   Cream. The mature flowers take a single hose-in-hose form, with an approximate petal count of 6. Leaves appear approximately as a   Pakistan green and   Ao green

Daffodil grows as a perennial and is a flower / ornamental. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Normally growing to a mature height of 42.0 cm (1.36 feet), Daffodil grows with a clump-forming habit. This plant tends to bloom in late spring.

Try planting Daffodil if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.

Some varieties of Daffodil you may like to consider growing are: Tete-a-tete, Ice Follies, King Alfred, Minnow and Salome.

Netherlands is believed to be where Daffodil originates from.

Daffodil is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

Daffodil is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Daffodil have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Daffodil

  • Partial Sun

    OR
  • Full Sun

  • Medium

After flowering, pull off the old flower head and developing seed pod, so the bulb conserves energy for next years flowers. Do not cut off the leaves until they shrivel naturally, the leaves are needed to make energy for the bulb and flowers for the following year
Split established clumps after a few years or if the bulbs do not flower well (grow ‘blind’ with leaves but no buds). Do this after the foliage begins to fade

Plant in a location that enjoys partial sun / full sun and remember to water moderately. Zone 4 to 8 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Ideally plant in loamy, potting mix and clay soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.0 and 8.0 as Daffodil likes to be in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Daffodil is thought of as hardy, so it can be safe to leave outdoors for the majority of winter (although if in doubt, using a row cover is often a good idea).

See our list of companion Plants for Daffodil to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Daffodil from seed

It is possible to raise daffodils from seed but they may not flower like the parent plant. It also takes many years for the bulb to grow large enough to flower.
The easiest way to have more daffodils is to divide established clumps after the leaves begin to fade after flowering

Aim to sow 5.85 inches (15.0 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 3.9 inches (10.0 cm).

Transplanting Daffodil

Plant out in autumn, before the ground freezes. Daffodils are happy to grow through grass or be planted in a border or by a path.
Plant two or three bulbs in a close group. Also useful in pots and containers

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Daffodil is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Daffodil

Very pretty and long lived in a vase, picked are buds they will open in the vase
Toxic!

Seed Saving Daffodil

Not generally grown from seed, as it takes a bulb two or three years to form a flower. Easier from bulb of setts or dividing an established clump after flowering

How long does Daffodil take to grow?

These estimates for how long Daffodil takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Daffodil to germinate?
88 days

Average 88 days | Min 1 days | Max 207 days (36)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Daffodil?
+ 147 days

Average 147 days | Min 108 days | Max 233 days (2)

Days to Maturity How long until Daffodil is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 176 days

Average 176 days | Min 145 days | Max 223 days (22)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Daffodil?
= 411 days

Daffodil Etymology

Narcissus comes from greek ‘narks’ or numb, thought to be the effect of the plant sap

Daffodil Folklore & Trivia

It was thought that daffodils would stop hens laying eggs, so they were not popular with chicken keepers

Other names for Daffodil

Narcissus

Narcissus L.

Misspellings: Dafodil, Dafodill, Daffodill, Narcissi

Latest Daffodil Reviews

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  • Bought a dozen 2.5 years ago, now have over 30. Survived well during the harsh winter of 2013/14, and bloomed mid to late April as usual (zone 5b/6a). Great easy flower.

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