Daffodils are currently in season in South Africa and we’re absolutely loving it! NetFlorist has an entire range of dandy daffodil plants ready to be delivered, sameday. The golden blooms commonly symbolise rebirth and new beginnings.
It is officially the March birth flower and the 10th wedding anniversary flower. A daffodil plant gift is said to ensure happiness. It is, however, believed to be bad luck if you gift someone with a single bloom. A single daffodil bloom can supposedly foretell misfortune.
Daffodils fall into the genus Narcissus. Narcissus was the name of a Greek god that fell in love with his own reflection. He didn’t realise that the reflection was his own. Every time he bent down to kiss it, the reflection would disappear. Narcissus grew increasingly thirsty, but would not leave or touch the water for fear of losing sight of his reflection. Eventually, he died of love and well, thirst… On that very spot he died, a narcissus flower grew.
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Daffodils are grown in cold rooms, in crates, here in South Africa. The crates are stacked on top of one another to get the right temperature they need to grow. When they are about 3-4 cm, they are put outside to grow. From this point onwards, they are easy-to-care-for flowers. Here are some expert tips for growing daffodil plants:
- Daffodils give off a sap that can be deadly to other plants. It is, therefore, advisable to plant them separately from other flowering plants. They are also poisonous to pets! A positive is that the plant is also rodent-resistant.
- Be sure to water the plant generously while the daffodils are blooming.
- Provide a handful of bulb fertiliser or any general-purpose fertiliser when shoots poke through the ground.
- When a bulb becomes ‘bloomed out’, more are produced to continue the plant. Divide daffodils every three to five years, or whenever you begin to notice that the flowers are smaller in size. Divide the bulbs when the foliage has died as the dead foliage will ensure healthy bulbs. The bulbs will have plenty of stored sugar for the next year’s growth.
- Use mulch to protect the flowering plant from cold, drying winds.
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