Daffodils: planting, caring for and discovering more

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The glorious, golden displays of daffodils this spring have provided the perfect antidote to the long, locked down winter. To tell us more about the history of this Mediterranean visitor now synonymous with Wales, the best way to prevent blindness and so much more, we return to Llysdinam in Powys, and to Head Gardener Rebecca Keeble-Payne.

Top tips for great daffodils

  • ensure your daffodils are not too congested – if they are you can lift and replant them
  • make sure they are not too dry or water-logged – they like constant moisture
  • plant your bulbs at about 6 inches (2 or 3 times the depth of the bulb) too shallow and they will not produce flowers
  • never strim or tie immediately after flowering, let them die back naturally first
  • daffodils can flower for over 50 years so are real value for money
  • rabbits and squirrels won’t eat daffodils so they’re perfect for many gardens
  • plan now and plant in the autumn



Video: Richard Oren, Burnt Orange Media


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