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Growing Daffodil (Jonquil)

Botanical Name: Narcissus
Life Cycle: perennial bulb
Planting Time: fall
Height: 10" to 18"
Exposure: full sun to light shade
Soil: rich, well-drained soil
Hardiness: zones 3 to 10
Bloom Time: late winter or early spring
Flower: white, yellow (or combinations of the two), pink, orange and gold; single, double or clusters of cup-shaped flowers surrounded by 6 leaves
Foliage: green
Propagation: bulbs
Suggested Use: beds, borders, walkways and containers
Growing Hints: Purchase bulbs for planting in the summer or fall. Plant bulbs two times as deep as the bulb is tall (about 4 to 6 inches below the surface). If you have heavy clay soil, prepare holes with plenty of peat for drainage or consider planting bulbs in raised beds or containers. Daffodils don't like soggy soil. Plant bulbs in large groups for the greatest color. Choose cultivars from divisions that bloom at slightly different times to keep flowers continuously blooming.
Shopping Hints: "Landscape-size" or "single-nose" bulbs are three years old and produce one flower stem the first season. These bulbs are usually the least expensive. "Bedding-size" or double-nose" bulbs are four years old and produce two stems the first season. "Exhibition-size" or "triple-nose" bulbs are five years old and produce three or more flower stems the first season. They are also the most expensive.

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