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Daffodils: How to grow

Daffodils: How to grow

Daffodils are classic spring flowering bulbs and add the first blooms of colour in your garden after a long, cold winter.

The bulbs are relatively cheap to buy and are available in lots of varieties, from small and delicate, to large and cheerful. Unwins has a really good selection for you to try.

Add bulbs to your garden this autumn and they will perform for many years.

All you need to do is remove the flowers as they fade and cut away the foliage as it dies back.

Bulbs can be planted from September to December, as long as the ground is not frozen, but it pays to get them in as early as possible for them to develop a good root system before the cold weather sets in.

Find out more:

  • Planting bulbs in containers – Choose heavy pots with drainage holes, and place crocks in the bottom for added drainage and less compaction.  Use a bulb compost as this has the best texture and nutrients for bulbs.  Plant with top growing point showing just above soil level.  Check watering and take care not to overwater.
  • Planting bulbs in borders – Plant in shallow holes where the growing point is just visible above the soil level.  After flowering, allow foliage to die back naturally as this allows carbohydrate stores to build up and bulb division to occur naturally. This will ensure healthy flowering the following Spring.
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