Narcissus – no way just in yellow!

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With narcissus, most people think of yellow. This is the color we most yearn for after winter, since it stands for sun and invariably for joy and good spirits. There are actually many narcissus in the sun’s color, but that hasn’t been the whole story for a while: some bloom in pure snow white, others in crème and orange tones, some even come in more than one color. But even that’s not all: next to the classic shape of the well-known daffodils there are, for example, also double petalled varieties and others with elegantly swept back petals, such as the reminiscent cyclamen narcissus.

A vast variety

It’s worth taking a closer look at the wide variety. The so-called trumpet narcissus or daffodils, for example, grow to 18 to 20 inches tall and are well suited as eye-catchers in the flower bed, and also as cut flowers. Other narcissus, by contrast, remain so small that they will grow well in pots and boxes. Ideal for plant containers are, among others, the delicate cyclamen narcissus, which only grows 7 to 12 inches.

Pay attention to quality

The thicker the bulb, the larger the blossom in the spring. The bulb must look nice and feel sturdy, without any soft or moldy spots. On the other hand, it’s fine if the brown husk is no longer covering the entire bulb and there is some white visible.

Most impressive in groups

The ideal planting time for narcissus is in the early fall. The earlier the bulbs are in the ground, the more time they’ll have to build roots before the winter, which will positively effect development and blooming the next year. To achieve a good color effect in the garden, always plant at least five bulbs of the same variety together – preferably more. Those who wish to enjoy narcissus as long as possible should select varieties with different blooming times.

Narcissus will also readily self-sow. Once planted in the right spot, they’ll return again and again, transforming dull expanses of lawn into blooming landscapes, splashing light under dark hedges, and catching the early sun from beds, borders, and front gardens with their cheery color.

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