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Time to Plant Daffodils!

The rains have begun in California, and it is very easy to dig the holes and to plant clumps of daffodils. I plant mine in groups of 5 as they are large double or triple bulbs and produce a nice effect.

Time to Plant Daffodils!

The old King Alfred variety has been replaced by “Dutch Master” and there are other larger and smaller yellow trumpet daffodils as well. The earlier and smaller “February Gold” blooms in February just like its name. The later and larger yellow trumpet “Unsurpassable” makes a very showy statement and then there is “Trevithian” which is a jonquil type, very hardy and quite a pretty variety. “Yellow Cheerfulness” is a late blooming multi flowered variety and “Golden Dawn” is a new hybrid which is said to grow like a weed and is fully adapted to California.

White varieties include “Mount Hood”, “Thalia”, the Paper White varieties, and “Cheerfulness” which is a multi flowered variety like its yellow conterpart. “Ice Follies” begins white with a flattish yellow trumpet which fades to ivory with age.

Interesting combinations of colors include “Salome” which is White with a peach trumpet, “Scarlet O’Hara” which has yellow petals with an orange trumpet, “Flower Record” also yellow and orange and smaller varieties of Jet Fire (like a smaller Scarlet O’Hara) and Tete a Tete, with a small birght yellow trumpet.

Time to Plant Daffodils!
Left: Tete a tete Right: Yellow Cheerfulness

Time to Plant Daffodils!

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.

When Should I Order Bulbs, Tulips, Daffodils?

The earlier you order your bulbs for planting in the fall, the earlier you will receive them and be assured that you will get everything that you want. As the season progresses, varieties become difficult or impossible to obtain in some cases owing to demand or popularity.

I order large quantities of huge daffodils directly from the grower and cannot reorder these if I want more, but have to turn to the regular wholesale channels which offer lesser sized daffodils although they may be the largest obtainable in nurseries or by catalog. Many retail catalogs offer DN2 daffodils which are “Double Nosed #2”. This means they will have two stems emerging but they are second sized.  Most Holland grown daffodils are single bulbs and are sold as DN1 because the cost of shipping is so high.

Two Large Daffodil Bulbs

My Dutch Master Daffodil bulbs

Popular tulips sell out rather quickly in normal years, but remain available until after September for most varieties. I order a modest number of tulips and refrigerate them in my walk in refrigerator until time to plant, if customers so wish.

Peonies are usually available throughout the fall and into the winter. Small bulbs are usually sold out by November although I can still re-order some of these.

How Many Tulips, Daffodils, Freesias to Plant?

Tulips, daffodils, and other flowering bulbs cover different areas owing to the size of the bulb and the square footage of the planting area.  Of course, if you prefer denser effects you can adjust the numbers.

In general you will want to plant the following bulbs in these quantities:

  • Tulips:   2″ apart or 9 tulips per square foot
  • Daffodils:   7 in a clump or 7 regular daffodils per square foot
  • Smaller Daffodils:   12 in a clump or 12 small daffodils per square foot
  • Freesias:    2″ apart or 16 freesias per square foot
  • Anemones:    2″ apart or 16 anemones per square foot
  • Peonies:    12″ apart or 1 peony per square foot
  • Giant Squill:   18″ apart or about 4 per every 3 square feet

The quantities differ when they are to planted in pots.  The bulbs should be planted almost touching which will double or triple the number per square foot depending on the desired effect.  You can also layer bulbs with larger bulbs like tulips and daffodils planted deeper and smaller bulbs planted on top of them so that their roots are not competing.

I planted heirloom freesias which were tiny with 100 to a pot and effect was gorgeous.  Underneath were planted tall narcissus which were blooming at the same time.


Freesia Alba Burtonii

Freesia – 25 per color or variety

Planting these heirloom freesias tightly together, gives a dense show. These antique freesias spread by dividing and also by seed and mine are developing beautiful seed pods right now! I will harvest the freesias and keep them in a cool, dark place until I replant them next fall in fresh potting soil as they have now spent two years in the same pot and will be very crowded as they will have grown larger. Daffodils can be replanted, but the tulips will not rebloom as well, as they divide after bloom into several smaller bulbs.

Saffron Crocus or Crocus Sativus

When to Order Bulbs, Corms, Roots – Daffodils, Crocus Sativa, Peonies

Bulbs can be ordered at any time during the year, but the delivery is usually from September through January for spring flowering blooms.  Spring crocus (which needs pre-chilling) and fall blooming, Crocus Sativus (which does not require chilling) are available.

Crocus Sativus pictured above is a fall blooming, warm climate corm which blooms 2″ high and is a nice filler around other plants and naturalizes.  The red stigmas can be pinched off during the blooming period for use in cooking.

Daffodils arrive in the fall and can be planted all thoough the months just short of the spring blooming time.  Some narcissus (special hybrids) will start blooming in September and some others every month through April.

Daffodil Types

Early blooming varieties like February Gold, Trevithian, and Golden Dawn are followed by Ice Follies, Scarlet O’Hara, Dutch Master and latest varieties which are Unsurpassable, Salome, Cheerfulness, Yellow Cheerfulness and Thalia.

Peonies can be ordered at anytime and are usually delivered in the fall, but can be planted into January or later if need be.  They can be dug up and moved anytime except while they are blooming.

Tulips are best ordered early so that there is time to refrigerate them for 8 weeks or so.  I refrigerate all of my tulips until they are sold or until November/December when customers are ready to plant locally.

Bulbs are really pretty foolproof!