Planting Daffodils for Fun and Profit

Planting daffodils can bring an early spring to your surroundings and possibly some additional dollars to your pocketbook.


| September/October 1980



065 planting daffodils

Planting daffodils is easy, because they'll thrive anywhere without you having to prune, mulch, or weed them.


PHOTO: RON AND MARY ANN SCHANFISH

Planting daffodils not only beautifies your land, but — by establishing the perky flowering plants — might potentially provide yourself with both a spring and fall cash crop. The hardy flowers will thrive almost anywhere: in your yard, in Bossie's pasture, in your woodlot, or along fence rows. What's more, you won't have to spray, prune, mulch, or weed the lovely harbingers of spring, and they naturalize themselves so quickly that — in just one year — it'll look as though they've been a part of your landscape all along!

Easy Money

Daffodils have to be one of the easiest plants in the world to raise: They are resistant to diseases and natural parasites, and neither cows nor horses (nor even rodents!) will touch them.

Better yet, the original bulbs simply divide themselves in half each year, so where you plant one daffodil bulb this spring, a pair will bloom in 12 months. In order to keep this process going, you just remove one bulb and plant it elsewhere. It's a simple procedure, but necessary because daffodils that are left undivided will not multiply as rapidly as will those that are separated, and may become so crowded that they stop reproducing.

And, of course, it's the daffodils' ability to multiply rapidly that will be the source of your income because you can find ready markets in the springtime (for the cheerful end-of-winter blossoms) and — after your crop is established — in the fall (for your surplus bulbs).

An Overwhelming Choice

Many bulb companies carry good selections of the over 2,000 varieties of this lovely perennial that are now available, but here's a list of a few we've dealt with: John Messelaar Bulb CompanyGeorge W. Park Seed Co., Inc. and John Scheepers, Inc.

Write and ask for their catalogs. Then — if the choice among blossom sizes and colors overwhelms you — you might want to begin with a few of the daffodil varieties we've had particularly good luck with. Some of our favorites are Mount Hood, Twink, White Lion, Peeping Tom, February Gold, Actea, Beersheba, Carlton, Fortune, Glenshesk, Manco, Confuco, Walt Disney, Bobolink, and Tunis. (We've found that the miniature varieties, although cute, won't hold their own in heavy grass. So, as a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid any daffodil species that stand less than eight inches high when full grown, unless you plan to give the small plants special care.)





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