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Daffodils and How to Grow Them
Daffodils are a classic American flower that is often seen in garden beds and in landscaping throughout the spring and early summer months. In fact, daffodils are one of the first spring flowers to grow in most gardens apart from tulips and hydrangeas. The flower itself comes in many colors, ranging from orange and white to the traditional yellow variety. The daffodil does not do well in hotter temperatures and for this reason, they die off when the summer heat becomes too much. It's recommended to plant the flower bulbs in an area in your garden that gets either full sun to part shade.
The daffodil does well in American planting zones 3 through 9. After the flower dies off in early summer, the bulb essentially goes dormant and will re-bloom the next spring. The perennial nature of the plant is why so many gardeners love their daffodils simply because it means no replanting year after year. When initially planting daffodil bulbs, you'll want to plant them in early to mid-autumn so that they have time to take root for the following spring. Daffodils do best in slightly acidic soil with the organic and water-retaining matter. For some gardeners, they water their daffodils regularly to provide lush and beautiful growth that lasts all spring long. Others simply let their daffodils do what they will and rely on whatever rainfall happens. Because daffodils are practically maintenance-free, gardeners find them to be a welcome addition to their landscape when other plant varieties are so needy.
Daffodils are deer and rodent-resistant, which makes them a hardy plant for areas where these animals are scavenging and looking for food. However, daffodils are also highly toxic to pets and other animals, so it is advised that you keep them away from your pets if you'll be clipping the flowers to bring inside to a vase or will be having your pets outside where the flowers are bloomed.
Daffodils are often the first indication that spring has made its way past the chill of winter. A radiant flower with a charm all its own, this perennial is prized across the country for its bright bloom and ability to come back year after year with renewed intensity. Daffodils grow in all fifty states but don’t like the year-round heat of southern Florida. They are used to add a vibrant burst of color around shrubs, mailboxes, and utility poles. These yellow or white beauties make an excellent bouquet flower and are usually planted by the hundreds. Perfect for young gardeners for their showy blooms that never disappoint.