Daffodil Time in Birmingham

First Daffodils of season in bloom

This is a great daffodil season. All over my garden, all types of daffodils are blooming. Around this time of the year the early ones, like February Gold, are showing come color, but from the looks of my mid-season bloomer,they should be showing color in the next couple of weeks. The most consistent bloomer, and perhaps the easiest daffodil to grow and multiply for me is Ice Follies. It is a creamy bicolor with a yellow trumpet and is so common most of the big boxes stores carry it each fall. Because some of my daffodil plantings are nearing twenty years old, I have to be very vigilant about making sure my clusters are not so dense that they have stopped blooming. Check yours, and if they are not producing the amount of blooms expected this spring, they may need to be divided. Now the best way, of course, is to mark the clumps, and when the foliage dies down dig and divide. The best way to divide them is by hand pulling apart and separating the clumps into individual bulbs and then replant. If you are like me, when the foliage dies down, I will forget or put it off for another year. So it is best for me to dig and separate them when the foliage is present. In this case simply divide into clumps or single bulbs and replant. Since they will still have an entire year to recover, in most cases, they bloom the following year after I divide them. Just remember when replanting that it is okay to plant at the same level they came out of the ground or even a bit deeper. Remember daffodils that are crowded can end up just being a bunch of beautiful green leaves with little or no blooms. These are great plants to share if your divided plants have no room in your garden.

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John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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