Narcissus is an impressive bulbous flower planted in the autumn and blooms in the late winter or spring. Originating from the Mediterranean, the narcissus has a rich flowering with beautiful trumpet shaped flowers;that pop up on thin stems through the oblong leaves. We find it in a wide variety of colors, white, yellowish, yellow-orange, reddish and rose. Narcissus is planted in rock gardens, flower beds in the garden, and even as an indoor plant, while its flowers are a very popular selection of flowers in the winter period
What are the most known species;and varieties of narcissus?
Narcissus has many different species and varieties. In Greece, there are several species, but the best known is the candy or tsambaki which in the region of Crete is called mounouzaki. It reaches a height of 30-40 cm, forming a group of about 10 white flowers with a yellow center. A well-known species of Narcissus is the poetic narcissus, about 40 centimeters high, forming a single white flower with a reddish center, and the late narcissus with a height of about 20 centimeters and small white flowers. Very popular species from abroad are the aromatic narcissus that bears yellow flowers and the multifaceted narcissus with many small white flowers.
Which conditions are suitable for planting narcissus?
Narcissus grows very easily in almost all soil types but prefers well-drained soils. It wants a sunny or semi-shady environment to thrive while in the shade it does not blossom. The sunny places have the advantage of halves as after the flowering, sunshine is the next year’s bloom. The planting of narcissus is done from August to December and bloom occurs in winter or in spring depending on the variety and the season of planting. The narcissus bulb is planted at a depth of about 10 cm and at distances of about 10-15 cm between the bulbs. If planting the potted narcissus, using humus general purpose while also to ensure good drainage opening holes at the bottom of the pot has to water and adding a gravel layer in the base.
What is the narcissus need for watering, fertilizing and other care?
Narcissus-like most bulbous plants have moderate water needs, while excessive watering can cause the bulb to drain. Analogous phenomena occur in very wet soils with poor drainage. On the ground, before planting the narcissus bulbs, it is advisable to add compost and a little fertilizer. We re-fertilize immediately after the end of flowering to enhance the plant with nutrients for next year’s flowering. Finally, once the daffodil flowers begin to flow, it is advisable to keep the plants away from direct sunlight in a cool spot. In this way, we significantly extend the flowering period of narcissus.
How do we store the narcissus bulbs?
If we want to admire the beautiful daffodils and the next year, we take care to remove the bulbs from the ground and store them. The right time to remove the daffodils is after the flowers and leaves have dried out, about 1.5-2 months after its bloom. We clean the bulbs from the soil, allow them to dry in a shady, ventilated place and then store them in cartons or sachets in a dark, dry place.
And a secret to the narcissus
Narcissus can be an impressive and attractive flower, but it hides toxic substances in almost all parts of the plant from the bulb to the flower. For this reason, it is considered a dangerous plant for cats and dogs and it is advisable to avoid it in places where there are pets.