With plenty of varieties of daffodils to choose from, even veteran
gardeners have a hard time picking which ones to put in their yard.
Next spring, take your garden to the next level with the advice of UW
master gardener Ann Weid and Tom Kulich of Prairie Gardens in
Cedarburg. All six varieties will grow in Wisconsin.
Kulich shared a few pointers about growing daffodils.
•Daffodils grow best in full sun, but light shade is permissable.
Deep shade keeps them from blooming after the first year or two.
•Daffodils will grow in most well-drained soils, but need plenty
of moisture from planting to end of growing season.
•Don’t cut the leaves! The leaves are essential for the
following year’s growth. If you need a few leaves for a vase, never
cut them all from the same plant. You can remove the leaves after the
foliage is yellowed or dried.
•Plant bulbs from September until the ground freezes, about 6
inches down into the soil, but plant small bulbs about three times
This tall early-blooming daffodil has thick strong stems and is
great for cut flowers. It is a 15-inch, large-cupped daffodil with
amber to orange petals and a red cup.
This daffodil is an interesting multi-flowered bloom. Flowers are
yellow and white and each stem has two to three blooms.
This variety is native to Wisconsin and is great for naturalizing
and bouquets. Naturalizing means to plant in a random or informal
pattern. It blooms in mid spring.
Large, showy fragrant blooms with strong stems that are easy to
grow in sun or partial shade. These flowers have creamy white petals
with large cups that turn an apricot pink when mature. This mid-spring
blooming flower is a great daffodil to use for naturalizing since it
is not bothered by deer, rodents or harsh weather.
This is a daffodil with some of the best visual effects, blooming
multi-flowered bright yellow petals with orange cups, one to five
flowers per stem. This flower blooms in early spring and lasts two to
four weeks. Although this variety is good for naturalizing, it is only
reliable in Zone 5. Some areas of Waukesha County border Zone 4.
The Tahiti is a yellow flower with orange-red center that provides
exceptional double blooms. Tahiti daffodils are strong, disease
resistant flowers that bloom in early to mid spring.
This is a small-cupped, fragrant daffodil. The 3-inch bloom is a
snowy white flower with a yellow eye edged in red. This 16- to 18-inch
flower blooms in early spring.