Ice Follies Daffodil
Daffodils, or Narcissus, are in the Amaryllis family and are native to Europe, North Africa and Asia. They are easy to grow and thousands of varieties have been cultivated over the years. Ice Follies is a large-cupped variety known for its naturalizing ability; it will multiply annually, increasing the size and beauty of the display every year.
Note: do not mix daffodils with other flowers in bouquets, as the sap will cause other flowers to wilt.
Planting: Plant 6” deep and 4-6” apart with the narrow “necks” pointing up. Daffodils are tolerant of most soils with good drainage, but do best in deep, rich soil with plenty of organic matter. Plant in an area that gets full to part sun.
Maintenance: Feed annually in the spring with a bulb fertilizer. Water as needed and do not allow the soil to dry out during the spring. Daffodil bulbs are drought tolerant after the foliage begins to die back. Do not cut back foliage after blooming. The bulbs need it to replenish their energy supply for next year’s blooms. Plant among other bulbs and perennials to conceal the unattractive foliage after blooming. The foliage may be cut back when it yellows. If conditions are favorable, daffodil bulbs will naturalize over the years, multiplying and spreading. If they become too dense, they will not flower as readily. It is best to divide crowded bulbs in midsummer, just after the foliage has died back. Dig up the bulbs, separate the offshoots and replant, following the planting instructions above.
A note for our Southern friends: Most daffodils require a period of chilling to begin growth of the flower bud within the bulbs. If you do not receive at least eight consecutive weeks of temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, you will need to give your bulbs an artificial winter. This affects people living in zones 9 and 10, and parts of zone 8. Chill daffodil bulbs in your refrigerator for eight to twelve weeks in a vented bag. Keep away from fruit, as the ethylene gas given off by the ripening process can kill the developing flower embryos. Plant immediately after the chilling process, ideally in an area that receives morning sun and afternoon shade. Bulbs treated in this manner cannot be easily saved for the next year and should be treated as annuals.