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Daffodil Types

Peonies, Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus – Order Today!

Contact me at marde.ross@mac.com to request information on other quantities or cultural information. On my blog index you can find a great deal of information on varous bulb varieties, but I can offer more detail.

Peonies, Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus - Order Today!

Coral Sunset, Double Coral Peony

Peonies can be ordered now for fall planting. They come in single and double forms and are planted in partial shade with morning sun, ideally. The colors run from whites, blush, pink, coral, rose, and red. These are herbaceous peonies which die back to the ground in the winter.

Peonies, Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus - Order Today!

Blushing Beauty – Tallest Tulip at 3 feet

Tulips should be ordered soon so that they can get 8-12 weeks of refrigeration before planting. I have a large walk in refrigerator and keep them at 45 defrees until shipping.

Peonies, Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus - Order Today!

Ice Follies Hillside

Peonies, Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus – Order Today!

Daffodils do not need chilling and will be delivered in the fall. If you wait to plant until the rains begin, that is the most effortless way and best for the daffodils. Early varieties like Golden Dawn will bloom earlier if planted earlier.

Fresh Saffron Crocus, Crocus Sativus Bulbs are Here!

Fresh Saffron Crocus bulbs have arrived and are ready to plant. There are firm and recently harvested in this spring.

Crocus Sativus - Saffron Crocus

Fall Blooming Crocus Sativus

In Turkey, there are piles of fresh saffron threads available in the Spice Market and the cost is cheaper than here in our grocery stores, but still expensive. The best Saffron comes from Iran where these beauties bloom in the fall. There is also a lighter orange variety of Saffron than is cheaper but I don’t know where it comes from.

Now it would take a great number of these small, and beautiful bulbs to give the kinds of quantities that are seen in the foreign spice markets like the one below:


But having you own source for a small amount of your own saffron is a treat!

The saffron that flavors many dishes is from the strands or stamens of this crocus flower. It is a very expensive spice because of the hand labor in picking enough of these stamens to sell commercially, but at home, you can pick fresh stamens for your cooking. Cutting or picking the stamens while the bulb is in bloom, will not hurt the bulb. It looks best planted in masses and in rock gardens.

They grow in zone 5-8 and 8 is just where I am in Glen Ellen in northern California. Be sure to loosen and prepare the soil with compost, peat moss, and be sure they have good drainage. Plant them three to four inches down and about two inches apart. They are an excellent naturalizer and bloom just two to four inches high – like an interesting ground cover!

The color is beautiful with dark purple veining on the lilac petals. The yellow center with the red strands is very eye catching. The crocus bulbs are planted with the pointy ends facing up and then watered well.

These will bloom in the autumn and the strands for saffron will be ready to add to savory dishes.

They are wonderful planted in masses and in rock gardens as they are only two to four inches tall. A wonderful type of grown cover and they naturalize and attract butterflies.

How Deep Should Bulbs be Planted? Tulips, Daffodils, Small Bulbs

The usual rule of thumb is to plant bulbs three times the distance from base to shoulder of the bulb.  There are exceptions which I will go into at the end of this post.

Best Planting Depth

These large #1 size daffodil bulbs are the largest available and not found in nurseries.  The planting dept of these triple bulbs is measured from the base to where the bulb begins to narrow, or the shoulder.  If that measurement is 3″, then the bulb is planted with 6″ of soil above the bulb.

Bulb Depth Chartbulb chart

bulb chart
These charts indicate that the general planting depth for tulips is 8″, daffodils is 6+ inches, spring blooming crocus is 2″, and anemones go down 1-1/2″.  The fall blooming Crocus Sativus is planted 4″ deep.

In my case, I plant tulips shallowly and treat them like annuals so that they are easy to pull out and throw away after they bloom, as they need very cold weather to naturalize.

The Giant Scilla is an exception as it stands with about a third of the bulb above soil level!

Peonies are planted very shallowly with the pink or white buds 1/2 inch below ground level.

Of course, the soil should be well amended and loosened before planting if possible.