Diggin’ In with Kathy Van Mullekom
No worries here because bulbs are smart. They know when to grow and when to stop growing. When winter weather turns warm, they begin to emerge. As soon as a cold spell arrives, they stop growing.
You can help them stay warm and cozy by piling leaves or mulch around them, and maybe lightly over them but not too deep please.
If you have extra bulbs and have not planted them or see some nice bulbs on clearance sale, it’s really not too late to plant them. Dig planting holes wide and about three times as deep as the bulbs. Plant 6-10 bulbs per hole and cover them; the results will be a bouquet of beauty in a few weeks.
In past years, I’ve planted bulbs in January and they bloomed that spring. Daffodils are particularly good for this because they have various bloom times and will adjust accordingly. In fact, you can plant early-, mid- and late-season daffodil bulbs and have them blooming for months.
Daffodils are deer- and vole-tolerant, and add a touch of bright color and whimsy to any garden. They will also grow in large pots outdoors.
When your daffodils finish blooming, leave the foliage to yellow because it’s that natural photosynthesis process that provides food to nourish next year’s bulb.
For great spring color, depend on daffodils.
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