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All About Daffodils

In cold weather climates, daffodils or narcissus are one of the first signs of spring, and a welcome sight after a long winter. Fortunately, most of the work has been done before, so little remains except to enjoy their bright color. They are one of the easiest bulbs to grow, and a great choice for a beginning gardener.

Growing Daffodils

Daffodil bulbs need to be planted in the fall in order to produce blooms the next spring. Plant them in well-drained soil in a sunny or partly shady location. The hole should be 7 or 8 inches deep. Water them well after planting and water them weekly in the spring when they begin to grow. Once the flowers have faded, you can remove them, but don't cut back the leaves until they have turned yellow. This period is when the bulb is regenerating for the next year. Daffodils will continue to produce for several years. If you wish, you can dig them up and separate them, and replant immediately.