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September and October are Best Months for Planting Daffodils

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A jonquil may have many names, and they come in many colors and sizes, but the best that can be said of them is that they are one of the easiest bulb flowers to grow.

A jonquil may have many names, and they come in many colors and sizes, but the best that can be said of them is that they are one of the easiest bulb flowers to grow.

Fall is a wonderful time in the garden. While fall marks the end of a growing season, it is just the start for spring bulbs.

“Few garden plants give as much pleasure with as little effort as daffodils,” said Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “They are one of the most vigorous and colorful flowers of spring. They thrive in most soils, and can be counted on for many years of display,”

The best months for planting daffodils (Narcissus, actually) are September and October.

“Plant your bulbs before the soil temperature is cold, as fall planted bulbs need time to develop roots before winter sets in,” says Byers. “If planted in groups, in an area that won’t be disturbed – daffodils are a long term investment in beauty.”

Daffodils do best when planted in full sun, in soil that is well drained, and has adequate organic matter.

When choosing good bulbs, remember that size does matter. Larger bulbs will give a better show next spring. Choose two or three nose bulbs and select bulbs that are firm and free from rot, bruises, or other damage.

When planting daffodils, space them between six and 12 inches apart. Plant with the base of the bulb six inches below the soil service. As a bulb, the daffodil rarely needs a gardener’s intervention, but if said gardener wants more daffodils, fewer things are easier than dividing daffodil bulbs and spreading the love. In this post, I’ll show you how to divide daffodil bulbs, and replant them for future bloom. Here’s to a spring concert in your corner of the garden.

“A small amount of a bulb fertilizer may be mixed into the soil around the bulbs –
just don’t place it directly into the planting hole,” Byers advises. “An organic mulch will encourage root growth in the fall, and protect the flowers from splashing soil next spring.”

For more information, contact one of MU Extension’s horticulture specialists or educators in southwest Missouri: Patrick Byers in Greene County at (417) 881-8909, Kelly McGowan in Greene County at (417) 881-8909 or Robert Balek in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158. Or, call the Master Gardeners of Greene County at 417-874-2963.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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