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Daffodils (botanically known as narcissus) flower in spring, are winter hardy and multiply rapidly. Daffodils are long-lived perennials, making them perfect companions to not only other spring flowering bulbs, but also annuals, other perennials and shrubs. Daffodils soften hardscapes, accent any garden and are an inexpensive solution to adding color to your spring garden and containers. With its deer and critter resistant attributes, daffodils are ideal for large plantings and naturalizing to provide years of easy spring color. Daffodils are grouped in over 10 divisions. This is one of our favorites.
About this Variety
King Alfred Daffodils are world famous and highly sought after. Bred in 1899, and were recognized as the 'standard' yellow trumpet daffodil until just after World War II when new yellow daffodils with better form and performance emerged. King Alfred Daffodils are no longer grown in volume but the 'legendary' myth lives on. To satisfy requests, we have an improved, classic King Alfred Type look-a-like that is better than the original.
- Naturalizes well; blooms will return year after year
- Easy to grow
- Grows well in containers, borders, rock gardens & mass plantings
- Deer & critter resistant
- Excellent cut flowers for bouquets and arrangements
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Early to Mid Spring
Grows 16-18" tall
Plant 3-5" apart, 3-5" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-8. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant in the fall, before the first frost hardens the soil. Dig a hole to the required depth. Place bulb in hole, pointed side up. Cover with soil and water thoroughly. Mulch in extreme climates.
For container planting, bury the bulb three times as deep as the bulb is wide. In zones 6 and below, you will need to protect your bulb containers. Place them near the foundation of the house or other structure. In zones 3-5, place the container in an unheated garage or shed.
After blooming, leave the bulbs in place so plants can clump or reseed. Divide only when containers or planting spaces become too crowded. Propagate in the fall by division after they have been chilled for four weeks in a moist medium.
Bulbs do not like 'wet feet'. Be sure to plant in full sun to partial shade in fertile, well-draining soil. Water during the growth period. Fertilization increases growth and offset production. Cut flowers as they bloom but do not remove leaves until they turn brown. When planted properly and cared for, daffodils will return for years with little to no effort.