Planting forced daffodils in the garden is not easy. There are many things to consider when doing it. Forcing your plants into a new position can be very tricky if you don’t have any experience at all. You will need to plant them somewhere where they won’t get hurt or killed during their growth cycle. Also, you may want to move them away from your house so that they aren’t too close to your neighbors’ houses. If you’re looking for a way to force your plants into a new position, then you’ve come to the right place!
We’ll start off by telling you what kind of daffodils you should plant in the garden. Then we’ll tell you how to move them around. Finally, we’ll give some tips on which ones to plant first and last.
What Kind Of Daffodils Should I Plant?
The type of daffodils you plant depends on your location. Here’s a list of common types of daffodils found in the United States:
1) Tulip Poplar (Tuliptree) – These are small trees that grow up to 10 feet tall and wide.
They produce beautiful flowers and are quite popular for hanging baskets.
2) April Showers – These small daffodils will grow up to 2 feet tall and bloom with personality.
3) Mexican – These large, white daffodils are very fragrant.
They grow very tall and produce a large amount of petals. The bulb will die after flowering.
4) Leucojums – These are the traditional daffodil bulbs you see most often in your flower beds.
They come in many colors and are great for the front yard.
5) Jonquil – These small, orange daffodils are very sweet-smelling.
Unfortunately, their color doesn’t last long after they’ve bloomed.
6) Tulips – These large, red daffodils look great mixed in with other flowers.
They’re also popular for bedding plants!
Now that you know what kinds of daffodils to plant, let’s talk about how to get them into the ground.
How To Move Your Daffodils In The Spring
1) After your last frost has occurred, begin digging up your daffodil bulbs.
You can do this with a trowel or a small shovel. Dig around the bulb so that the top of it is exposed.
2) Move your daffodils to a new location.
A good rule of thumb is to plant them two times their own depth away from the base of whatever you don’t want them to grow next to, for example, you wouldn’t want them to crowd your house foundation, so plant them about 6 feet away from it.
3) After you’ve dug up your daffodil bulbs, throw out any that have been damaged.
The daffodil bulbs that you throw away should be ones that have been damaged in some way, whether it’s by being eaten by an animal or just getting a big crack in the side.
4) After you’ve thrown away any damaged bulbs, plant the rest at the same depth that they were before, leaving about 3 inches of the top showing.
5) Cover your daffodil bulbs with soil and pat it down firmly to ensure they stay in place.
6) Water your bulbs.
Your daffodils need lots of water, so be sure to check up on them daily or even twice a day if its hot out. Soak the ground around them to be sure they get enough water.
7) Place a marker of some kind at the base of each flower.
This will help you know where each flower is in case they all grow a little differently.
That’s it! Now you’ll have beautiful daffodils in your yard all spring.
One Last Suggestion:
If you want your daffodils to bloom at their peak, then plant them under a tree. Dappled sunlight is the best light for these bulbs. They don’t like hot, sunny areas very much.
They also shouldn’t be planted under power lines or other areas that get a lot of electrical noise. It shortens their lifespans.
I hope this helps. Have fun with your daffodils!
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