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Watering and fertilizing daffodils - how to do it right


Some believe that you don't need to water and fertilize daffodils, since they don't bloom for long anyway. But that's wrong. The messengers of spring also need a little care.

Daffodils also need water sometimes Most believe that daffodils and the like no longer need air like air to develop nicely. But always remember that the bulbs bloom not only once, but every year. This should make it clear that after a few years they need some support to bloom vigorously.

Daffodils react e.g. sensitive to lack of water. Therefore, water abundantly, especially during flowering. Fertilization is not as important for flowers as for other plants, but should not be neglected in the garden or in potted plants. This is the only way to look forward to strong plants.

How to properly fertilize daffodils

Fertilize daffodils in the bed:

Fertilize your daffodils in the bed as soon as the ground no longer freezes. Even before the first green can be seen, help the plants with horn shavings to get the start of the growing season off to a good start. If shoots can already be seen, the finer horn meal is recommended.

Immediately before flowering, compost is particularly good for the daffodils. If you replant daffodil bulbs in summer, you can also add mature compost to the planting hole to create the best possible conditions for the growth of the new roots.

Fertilize daffodils in a pot:

If your daffodils grow in a pot, nutrient-rich potting soil already provides a solid basis for plant growth. Before flowering, however, you can add a little liquid flower bulb fertilizer to the irrigation water or stick a fertilizer stick into the soil. But don't overdo it, because the nutrients are hardly lost in the pot.

How to pour the daffodil correctly

Water daffodils in the bed:

The water requirement of daffodils is greatest during flowering. Keep the flowers moist from March onwards and water in the morning if possible. Water is less likely to build up because the plants use the most water during the day.

The risk of waterlogging can be prevented when planting the bulbs by adding a sand-gravel mixture to the planting hole. If the soil in your garden is loose and permeable anyway, waterlogging is usually not a problem.

Water daffodils in a pot:

Daffodils in pots also need good water drainage. Therefore, choose a flower pot with a hole for drainage in the ground. In no case should the pot dry out completely or only to a large extent. Also keep in mind that daffodils need more water in heated rooms than balcony plants.

By sticking a finger a few centimeters deep in the ground, it is easy to check whether the roots still get enough water. If you don't feel moisture on the fingertip, you should water the daffodils.

A little tip at the end:

If you have the choice between fresh rainwater from the barrel and tap water, choose the water from the barrel. Rainwater is less calcareous than tap water and is better for the flowers.